Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 2 in
Published: February 5, 1996
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0415111315
ISBN - 13: 9780415111317
About the Book
"Japan and the Enemies of Open Political Science" argues that Eurocentric blindness is a scientific failing, not a moral one. In a way true of no other political system, Japan's greatness has the potential to enliven and reform almost all the main branches of Western Political Science. David Williams criticizes Western social science, Anglo-American Philosophy and French Theory and explains why mainstream economists, historians of political thought and postculturalists have ignored Japan's modern achievements. Williams demonstrates why the renewal of social science and the nurturing of a "a philosophy of the Pacific Century" requires a sustained act of intellectual demolition
From the Publisher
The central argument ofJapan and the Enemies of Open Political Scienceis that Eurocentric blindness is not a moral but a scientific failing. In this wide-ranging critique of Western social science, Anglo-American philosophy and French theory, Williams works on the premise that Japan is the most important political system of our time. He explains why social scientists have been so keen to ignore or denigrate Japan''s achievements. If social science is to meet the needs of the `Pacific Century'', it requires a sustained act of intellectual demolition and subsequent renewal.
"This is an ambitious, controversial, ground-breaking and timely book...Its overrriding interest and importance, however, lies in its thesis, which is that the historical experience of Japan in the period since it embarked on ''modernization'' illuminates, perhaps better than any other passage in modern history, the limitations and deformation of Western social theory.."
-John Gray, Jesus College, Oxford
"This is an intellectually powerful polemic in the tradition of Francis Fukuyama''s "End of History, which is in fact one of William''s several targets. His main target is the formalism and Eurocentrism of what most American universities call the social sciences.... This book will have great influence in the groves of academe but we recommend it to all who are interested in how our world is changing."
-Chalmers Johnson, Kiriyama Pacific Rim Foundation