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Reconfiguring ModernityConcepts of Nature in Japanese Political Ideology$
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Julia Adeney Thomas

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228542

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228542.001.0001

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Ueki Emori: Singing the Body Electric

Ueki Emori: Singing the Body Electric

(p.133) Chapter 6 Ueki Emori: Singing the Body Electric
Reconfiguring Modernity

Julia Adeney Thomas

University of California Press

This chapter examines Ueki Emori's thoughts on the relation between nature and politics. It discusses the problems in Emori's radical theory of unmediated bodiliness and describes his attempt to reshape the cosmopolis of Meiji Japan so that both society and individuals would exemplify the perfect liberties of natural law and positive law simultaneously. The chapter argues that Emori supported egalitarian democracy and so distrusted hierarchies of ability or traditional power that he dismissed all aspects of mindful creation in proposing the fundaments of a democratic state.

Keywords:   Ueki Emori, nature, politics, unmediated bodiliness, Meiji Japan, natural law, positive law, egalitarian democracy, democratic state

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