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|Other Titles:||The Japanese Terms “Shokubun,” “Seken,” and the Japanese Spirit of Capitalism|
Japanese Spirit of Capitalism;Religious Reformation;Seken;Shokubun
|Issue Date:||2016-07-20 15:09:53 (UTC+8)|
In the research area of modern Japanese sociology, the origin of the Japanese spirit of capitalism is still a major focus of scholarly enquiry, and a variety of theoretical positions have been advanced. But as the methods of these works have tried to follow the theories of western scholars, especially Max Weber, their analysis of the Japanese spirit of capitalism has shown a tendency towards dogmatism, in which religiosity is consistently viewed as being of central importance. This article begins with an analysis of problems in the translation of two indigenous Japanese terms, “Shokubun,” and “Seken,” and discusses how these two concepts gained new meanings and performed their social functions in the pre-modern Japanese Enlightenment and Religious reformations movement. On this basis, it refers to Max Weber’s theories as a means to discuss Japanese approaches to the origin of the Japanese spirit of capitalism. The article will also discuss the possible importance of “Shokubun,” and “Seken,” to the Japanese spirit of capitalism and traditional religion.
|Relation:||東亞研究, 36(2), 25-51|
East Asia Studies
|Appears in Collections:||[東亞研究] 期刊論文|
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