Defending Japan's Pacific War: The Kyoto School Philosophers and Post-White Power by David WilliamsDefending Japan's Pacific War: The Kyoto School Philosophers and Post-White Power by David Williams

Defending Japan's Pacific War: The Kyoto School Philosophers and Post-White Power

byDavid WilliamsEditorDavid Williams

Hardcover | November 4, 2004

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This book puts forward a revisionist view of Japanese wartime thinking. It seeks to explore why Japanese intellectuals, historians and philosophers of the time insisted that Japan had to turn its back on the West and attack the United States and the British Empire. Based on a close reading of the texts written by members of the highly influential Kyoto School, and revisiting the dialogue between the Kyoto School and the German philosopher Heidegger, it argues that the work of Kyoto thinkers cannot be dismissed as mere fascist propaganda, and that this work, in which race is a key theme, constitutes a reasoned case for a post-White world. The author also argues that this theme is increasingly relevant at present, as demographic changes are set to transform the political and social landscape of North America and Western Europe over the next fifty years.
David Williamsis one of Europe's leading thinkers about modern Japan. Born in Los Angeles, he was educated in Japan and at UCLA, and has contributed for many years to the opinion section of theLos Angeles Times. He has taught at Oxford, where he took his doctorate, Sheffield and Cardiff Universities. During twelve of his 25 years in Ja...
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Title:Defending Japan's Pacific War: The Kyoto School Philosophers and Post-White PowerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.8 inPublished:November 4, 2004Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415323142

ISBN - 13:9780415323147

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Final Sorrows of Empire - A Vietnam Elegy The Book in Brief Acknowledgments The Doomed Fleets Sail: The Pacific War for Beginners Japanese Usage and StylePart 1 Rise and Fall1. Roman Questions: American Empire and the Kyoto School 2. Revisionism and the End of White America in Japan StudiesPart 2 The Decay of Pacific War Orthodoxy3. Philosophy and the Pacific War: Imperial Japan and the Making of a Post-White World 4. Scholarship or Propaganda: Neo-Marxism and the Decay of Pacific War Orthodoxy 5. Wartime Japan as It Really Was: The Kyoto School's Struggle against Tojo, 1941-44Part 3 In Defence of the Kyoto School6. Taking Kyoto Philosophy Seriously 7. Racism and the Black Legend of the Kyoto School: Translating Tanabe's The Logic of the Species 8. When Is a Philosopher a Moral Monster?: Tanabe versus Heidegger versus MarcusePart 4 Nazism and the Crises of the Kyoto School9. Heidegger, Nazism and the Far¿ Affair: The European Origins of the Kyoto School Crises 10. Heidegger and the Wartime Kyoto School: After Far¿ - The First Paradigm Crisis (1987-1996) 11. Nazism Is No Excuse: After Far¿ - The Allied Gaze and the Second Crisis (1997-2002)Part 5 After America, Philosophy12. Nothing Shall Be Spared: A Manifesto on the Future of Japan StudiesTranslations of Two Texts by Hajime Tanabe1. The Philosophy of Crisis or a Crisis in Philosophy: Reflections on Heidegger's Rectoral Address (1933) 2. On the Logic of Co-prosperity Spheres: Towards a Philosophy of Regional Blocs (1942) Select Bibliography

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'Defending Japan's Pacific War is a major achievement for which the author must be congratulated.  A necessarily selective review cannot do full justice to it. Its deserves a wide readership beyond Japan studies.' - Kenn Nakata Steffensen, Department of Political and International Studies, SOAS, University of London.   'Williams's Pacific War revisionism, in the western liberal mode is uncompromising . He has offered no quarter and taken no prisoner's. His impassioned arguement for his case and his equally passionate attack on those he disagrees with may upset some, but even then it stimulates thought and critical self - reflection.'- Kenn Nakata Steffensen, Department of Political and International Studies, SOAS, University of London.