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Darwin, Dharma, and the Divine
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Darwin, Dharma, and the Divine: Evolutionary Theory and Religion in Modern Japan

G. Clinton Godart

Abstract

Darwin, Dharma, and the Divine demonstrates that evolutionary theory was never passively accepted, but played active and controversial roles in modern Japanese thought. Evolutionary theory was controversial and of a major concern to Japanese Buddhist, Shintō, Confucian, and Christian thinkers, who actively debated and contested the theory. As the Japanese redefined their relation to the world, to nature, and built a modern nation-state, evolutionary theory also became an intellectual battleground, and Japanese state ideology became increasingly hostile to evolutionary theory. Japanese intellec ... More

Keywords: intellectual history, history of Japan, religion in Japan, history of biology, ideology, Buddhism, Shinto, Darwinism, Darwin, evolutionary theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780824858513
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824858513.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G. Clinton Godart, author
Hokkaido University