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Defending Japan's Pacific War : The Kyoto School Philosophers and Post-White Power - David Williams

Defending Japan's Pacific War

The Kyoto School Philosophers and Post-White Power

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This book puts forward a revisionist view of Japanese wartime thinking. It seeks to explore why Japanese intellectuals, historians and philosophers of the time insisted that Japan had to turn its back on the West and attack the United States and the British Empire. Based on a close reading of the texts written by members of the highly influential Kyoto School, and revisiting the dialogue between the Kyoto School and the German philosopher Heidegger, it argues that the work of Kyoto thinkers cannot be dismissed as mere fascist propaganda, and that this work, in which race is a key theme, constitutes a reasoned case for a post-White world. The author also argues that this theme is increasingly relevant at present, as demographic changes are set to transform the political and social landscape of North America and Western Europe over the next fifty years.

'Defending Japan's Pacific War is a major achievement for which the author must be congratulated. A necessarily selective review cannot do full justice to it. Its deserves a wide readership beyond Japan studies.' - Kenn Nakata Steffensen, Department of Political and International Studies, SOAS, University of London.



'Williams's Pacific War revisionism, in the western liberal mode is uncompromising . He has offered no quarter and taken no prisoner's. His impassioned arguement for his case and his equally passionate attack on those he disagrees with may upset some, but even then it stimulates thought and critical self - reflection.'- Kenn Nakata Steffensen, Department of Political and International Studies, SOAS, University of London.

Prologue: The Final Sorrows of Empire
A Vietnam Elegy The Book in Brief
Acknowledgments
The Doomed Fleets Sail: The Pacific War for Beginners Japanese Usage and Style
Rise and Fall
Roman Questions: American Empire and the Kyoto School
Revisionism and the End of White America in Japan Studies
The Decay of Pacific War Orthodoxy
Philosophy and the Pacific War: Imperial Japan and the Making of a Post-White World
Scholarship or Propaganda: Neo-Marxism and the Decay of Pacific War Orthodoxy
Wartime Japan as It Really Was: The Kyoto School's Struggle against Tojo, 1941-44
In Defence of the Kyoto School
Taking Kyoto Philosophy Seriously
Racism and the Black Legend of the Kyoto School: Translating Tanabe's The Logic of the Species
When Is a Philosopher a Moral Monster?: Tanabe versus Heidegger versus Marcuse
Nazism and the Crises of the Kyoto School
Heidegger, Nazism and the Faras Affair: The European Origins of the Kyoto School Crises
Heidegger and the Wartime Kyoto School: After Faras
The First Paradigm Crisis (1987-1996)
Nazism Is No Excuse: After Faras
The Allied Gaze and the Second Crisis (1997-2002)
After America, Philosophy
Nothing Shall Be Spared: A Manifesto on the Future of Japan Studies Translations of Two Texts
The Philosophy of Crisis or a Crisis in Philosophy: Reflections on Heidegger's Rectoral Address (1933)
On the Logic of Co-prosperity Spheres: Towards a Philosophy of Regional Blocs (1942)
Select Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780415323147
ISBN-10: 0415323142
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 16th September 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1