Fukuzawa Yukichi’s Bourgeois Liberalism - The Betrayal of the East Asian Enlightenment

by Minhyuk Hwang
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Minhyuk Hwang Fukuzawa Yukichi’s Bourgeois Liberalism - The Betrayal of the East Asian Enlightenment
Minhyuk Hwang - Fukuzawa Yukichi’s Bourgeois Liberalism - The Betrayal of the East Asian Enlightenment

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Fukuzawa Yukichi’s Bourgeois Liberalism introduces readers to the East Asian Enlightenment led by Fukuzawa Yukichi, one of the most important figures in the intellectual history of modern Japan. Despite his impact on political theory and modern Japanese history, Fukuzawa remains under-researched in Western academia, and while a few English-language books have been written about Fukuzawa, none have dealt with his political theory. This book describes Fukuzawa as a character with universal relevance and a unique view of the Enlightenment tradition. Emphasizing the power of bourgeois liberalism and the debate regarding its potential for transforming the strict class-caste society of Tokugawa Japan, Hwang discusses Fukuzawa's belief in the significance of individual autonomy, progress, and liberal rule of law in developing his project of the East Asian enlightenment, as well as his supposed “betrayal” of his early commitments due to his existential desire for Western recognition of Japan’s greatness. The book ends with an analysis of the complex relation between liberalism and progress in the East Asian context. 

Contributors

Author:
Minhyuk Hwang

Further information

Illustrations Note:
X, 176 p.
Table of Contents:
Introduction
Chapter 1. Social Background: Fukuzawa Yukichi and the Transformation of Japan
Chapter 2. Learning to Reason: An Encouragement of Learning (Gakumon no susume) 
Chapter 3. Progress for National Autonomy: An Outline of a Theory of Civilization (Bunmeiron no gairyaku)
Chapter 4. Existential Turn: Seeking National Recognition
Chapter 5. Conclusion
Recommendation:
“In this exploration of the life and career of Fukuzawa Yukichi, Minhyuk Hwang introduces political theorists to a crucial figure in the history of political thought, and in the uneasy relationship between ‘East’ and ‘West’ more generally. Fukuzawa’s work unsettles conventional views on a wide range of concepts–liberalism, nationalism, tradition, culture, individualism, even the notion of ‘Enlightenment’ itself–and Fukuzawa Yukichi’s Bourgeois Liberalism provides a ready guide not only to Fukuzawa’s writings, but his controversial career and legacy.” (Andrew R. Murphy, Professor, Political Science, Rutgers University, USA )
Remarks:
Introduces an English-speaking audience to one of the most important figures in the intellectual history of modern Japan


Discusses Fukuzawa's impact on political theory and modern Japanese history


Emphasizes bourgeois liberalism as a necessary condition for modernization

Media Type:
Hardcover
Publisher:
Springer International Publishing
Biography Artist:
Minhyuk Hwang is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University, USA.

Language:
English
Edition:
1st ed. 2020
Number of Pages:
176

Master Data

Product Type:
Hardback book
Release date:
1 August 2019
Package Dimensions:
0.217 x 0.155 x 0.013 m; 0.37 kg
GTIN:
09783030215293
DUIN:
K1UG3P42U7O
£46.80
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