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Baba Tatsui: Natural Laws and Willful Natures

Julia Adeney Thomas

in Reconfiguring Modernity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780520228542
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520228542.003.0005
Baba Tatsui: Natural Laws and Willful Natures

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This chapter examines the views of Baba Tatsui on nature and natural laws. It provides background information on Tatsui's personal life, education, and career, and describes his support for Herbert Spencer's progressive democratic views. The chapter suggests that one way to understand the function of mind and emotion in Baba's work is through analogy to the mechanism of inherited adaptation, and discusses the failure of his theory of swift social evolution to convince the Japanese government to allow popular representation.

Keywords: Baba Tatsui; nature; natural laws; Herbert Spencer; inherited adaptation; swift social evolution; popular representation

Chapter.  9226 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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