Japanese Philosophy and Thought

This module examines the modern Japanese sense of cultural, social and national identity, as analysed by social scientists, cultural historians, and scholars of Japanese thought. Some famous studies of the Japanese self by psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists and socio-linguists will be discussed, supplemented by a historical perspective focusing on the samurai heritage and the ideas behind the Meiji Restoration. No knowledge of the Japanese language or of specialised scholarly vocabulary is required or expected.

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