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Ueki Emori: Singing the Body Electric

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/9780520228542.003.0006
Ueki Emori: Singing the Body Electric

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This chapter examines Ueki Emori's thoughts on the relation between nature and politics. It discusses the problems in Emori's radical theory of unmediated bodiliness and describes his attempt to reshape the cosmopolis of Meiji Japan so that both society and individuals would exemplify the perfect liberties of natural law and positive law simultaneously. The chapter argues that Emori supported egalitarian democracy and so distrusted hierarchies of ability or traditional power that he dismissed all aspects of mindful creation in proposing the fundaments of a democratic state.

Keywords: Ueki Emori; nature; politics; unmediated bodiliness; Meiji Japan; natural law; positive law; egalitarian democracy; democratic state

Chapter.  10812 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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