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School’s Out?

Andrew E. Barshay

in The Social Sciences in Modern Japan

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520236455
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941335 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520236455.003.0005
School’s Out?

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The Uno school’s own success came precisely as a school, as an academic formation, and at the moment of the “modern,” when the framework of the Agrarfrage was losing silence in Japan. Uno’s very system was a gingerly pepudation of Stalinism. Success would have to mean that the school had something cogent to say about capitalism as such, and not just about Japan’s backwardness of failure to attain “normality.” Capitalism may not be all about the anarchic destruction-through-production of the classic Marxian vision. This is precisely what Uno’s principles had provided, against initial resistance, for Japanese Marxism. Uno’s disciples were more vulnerable than other Marxists, since, if science was all and had no Träger, then there was no reason not to embrace a “better,” more persuasive economics of whatever class or party provenance; the alternative was to turn toward hermetic exegesis of a putative Marx–Uno canon.

Keywords: Uno; Stalinism; normality; Marxism; Marx–Uno canon

Chapter.  23540 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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