Conclusion: Natural Freedom

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:
Conclusion: Natural Freedom

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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the concepts of nature in modern Japanese political ideology. It reviews the models of the relationship between nature and modernity, and describes how foregrounding the concept of nature has provided an alternative perspective on Japan's place in the problematic universal history of modernity. The chapter suggests that when modernity is reconceptualized so that the relationship between specific concepts of nature and specific political practices comes to the fore, Japanese ideology's repeated commitment to finding political authority in nature no longer marks it as anti-modern when compared with other nations.

Keywords: nature; political ideology; Japan; modernity; political authority

Chapter.  7329 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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