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Document Type(s):Journal Article
Article/Chapter Title:Concepts of Nature and Technology in Pre-Industrial Japan
Journal Title:East Asian History
Author(s):Morris-Suzuki, Tessa
Publisher Name:Institute of Advnaced Studies, Australian National University
Date of Publication:1991
Annotation:Warning against “eco-nationalism” on the part of Japanese scholars, Morris-Suzuki dispels the orientalist stereotype of the Japanese as being “harmonious” with nature made more popular by Lynn White Jr.’s 1967 article entitled, “The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis.” She identifies varied concepts of nature and the use of technology transfers throughout Japanese history (e.g., Chinese Taoist, and Confucian influences, Tokugawa philosophy, and Meiji politics). In order to demonstrate the conceptual bridge over which Western technology entered Japan, Morris-Suzuki’s analysis focuses on the philosophical development of the notion of kaibutsu (“opening up nature”), and the writings of Sato Nobuhiro.
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