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Making a Moral Society: Ethics and the State in Meiji Japan

Richard M Reitan


This innovative study of ethics in Meiji Japan (1868–1912) explores the intense struggle to define a common morality for the emerging nation-state. In the Social Darwinist atmosphere of the time, the Japanese state sought to quell uprisings and overcome social disruptions so as to produce national unity and defend its sovereignty against Western encroachment. Morality became a crucial means to attain these aims. Moral prescriptions for re-ordering the population came from all segments of society. Each envisioned a unity grounded in its own moral perspective. It was in this atmosphere that the ... More

Keywords: ethics, Meiji Japan, morality, state, national unity, sovereignty, Inoue Tetsujirō, Nakashima Rikizō, national morality, rinrigaku

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832940
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832940.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard M Reitan, author
Franklin and Marshall College