On Citizenship Education of Rouyama Masamishi

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  • 「公民政治」 の残影
  • 「公民政治」の残影 : 蠟山政道と政治的教養のゆくえ
  • 「 コウミン セイジ 」 ノ ザンエイ : 蠟サン セイドウ ト セイジテキ キョウヨウ ノ ユクエ
  • ―蠟山政道と政治的教養のゆくえ―

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<p>What can we spell out an active participant of political community in Chinese characer? What can we call it? “Shizoku (士族)”, “Ryoumin (良民)” or “Shimin (士民, 市民)”? It is not easy to answer not only for Japanese but also for all the modern east Asians. The word “komin (公民)” is one of the most powerful answer to this problem among Japanese in 1920's. This paper focuses on Rouyama Masamichi's “Komin-Seijiron” (On Citizenship Education, 1931), and tries to reconstruct his vision of politics and the context in which the “kouminkyoiku” discourse should be situated.<br>  In this paper, Unlike his contemporary, Oshima Masanori for example, who emphasizes its social and cosmopolite character, Rouyama insists that “komin” should be interpreted as the political unit whose ideal originated in ancient Greece's polis. For Rouyama, politics is ethical and educational activity. This is in the sharp contrast to one of his disciple Maruyama Masao who takes politics as means, not an end.</p>


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