Departmental Bulletin Paper 丸山眞男の日本思想史論の問題点

奥谷, 浩一

Liberal Arts
Masao Maruyama's Nihon Seiji Shisoshi Kenkyu (“Studies on the Intellectual History of Tokugawa Japan”)is among the landmark studies that were published after Japan's defeat in World War II on the history of Japanese thought. However, an array of studies on the history of Japanese thought following the work of Maruyama have elucidated various problems in, and wartime constraints on, this work. Maruyama did not expand his vision to look at other East Asian thought,and he regarded Confucianism and a Neo-Confucian school called the Chu Hsi School as the system of thought that had become the mainstay of Japanese feudalism. According to Maruyama, the system of thought that was solidified in the early Edo era was later broken down under the influence of the thought of Sorai Ogyu and others concurrently with the formation of a modern consciousness. This grasp of the history of thought in the Edo era presents a simplistic picture of the complex thought and the varied thinkers of those days, and Maruyama's frame of reference is not large enough to evaluate the thought of the Edo era. This study outlines some of the issues in Maruyama's studies on the history of Japanese thought.

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