Description - What Is Modernity? by Takeuchi Yoshimi
Regarded as one of the foremost thinkers in Japanese postwar intellectual history, Takeuchi Yoshimi questioned the very nature of thought, emphasizing that thinking is less a subjective act than an opening to alterity. His works were central in drawing Japanese attention to the problems inherent in western colonialism and to the cultural importance of Asia, especially China. His writings attempted to synthesize philosophy, literature, and history, focusing not simply on Japan and the West but rather on the triangular relations among Japan, the West and China. This book explores Japanese modernity, literature, and nationalism as well as Chinese intellectual history, and represents the first appearance of Takeuchi's essays in English translation. Takeuchi proposed the construction of a new way of knowing, Asia as method, which finds in the diversity of Asian responses to modernity an instructive critical model and methodology with which to resist western colonialism. His research demonstrates how the Chinese, Koreans, Indians, and other Asians attempted to make sense of European modernity without sacrificing their own cultural histories. An authentic method of modernity for Asia, Tak
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Takeuchi Yoshimi (1910-1977) was an eminent scholar, literary and social critic, and sinologist. He was the translator of Lu Xun's works in Japanese. Richard Calichman is an assistant professor of Japanese Studies at the City College of New York, CUNY. He is the author of Takeuchi Yoshimi: Displacing the West. He lives in Yonkers, New York.