Personal liberty and public good : the introduction of John Stuart Mill to Japan and China

Douglas Howland

Blame for the putative failure of liberalism in late-nineteenth-century Japan and China has often been placed on an insufficient grasp of modernity among East Asian leaders or on their cultural commitments to traditional values. In Personal Liberty and Public Good, Douglas Howland refutes this view, turning to the central text of liberalism in that era: John Stuart Mill?s On Liberty.Howland offers absorbing analyses of the translations of the book into Japanese and Chinese, which at times reveal astonishing emendations. As with their political leaders, Mill?s Japanese and Chinese translators feared individual liberty could undermine the public good and standards for public behaviour, and so introduced their own moral values ? Christianity and Confucianism, respectively? into On Liberty, filtering its original meaning. Howland mirrors this mistrust of individual liberty in Asia with critiques of the work in England, which itself had trouble adopting liberalism.Personal Liberty and Public Good is a compelling addition to the corpus of writing on the work of John Stuart Mill. It will be of great interest to historians of political thought, liberalism, and translation, as well as scholars of East Asian studies.

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  • Introduction 1 On Liberty and Its Historical Conditions of Possibility Translation in Theory Translation Words and Lexical Fields The Historical Conditions of Possibility Individuality and Subjecthood Elite Education and the Ruling Class 2 Mill and His English Critics Self and Others The Individual as Ground of Liberty Negative and Positive Interpretations of Liberty Society and Morality as Ground of Liberty The Individual and the State 3 Nakamura Keiu and the Public Limits of Liberty Village Society and Government Christianity and the Personal Liberty of Conscience Free Trade 4 Yan Fu and the Moral Prerequisites of Liberty The Group and the Self Models of Private and Public from Chinese Antiquity Individuality as Moral Self-Cultivation The Boundaries of Authority: Mutual Encouragement and Local Administration 5 Personal Liberty and Public Virtue Mill's Encouragement of Virtue Public Virtue and the Priority of Common Interests The Japanese State and Its Subjects The Reconstruction of the Chinese People Conclusion Notes Bibiliography Index

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書名 Personal liberty and public good : the introduction of John Stuart Mill to Japan and China
著作者等 Howland, Douglas
Mill, John Stuart
出版元 University of Toronto Press
刊行年月 c2005
ページ数 viii, 222 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0802090052
NCID BA74694169
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言語 英語
出版国 カナダ