Essays on the History of Scientific Thought in Modern Japan

Essays on the History of Scientific Thought in Modern Japan

Edited by Kanamori Osamu
Translated by Christopher Carr and M. G. Sheftall

Published by JPIC | Hardcover | ISBN 978-4-916055-61-3 | 348 pages | 220mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2016


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About the Book

This book covers the history of physics, chemistry, and pharmacology in modern Japan, focusing on the 1920s through the early 1960s. Led by the editor’s introduction, “A Portrait of the History of Scientific Thought,” readers will soon find themselves in the middle of a complex double narrative comprising both ‘the telling of history’ and ‘the telling of the history of history.’ In the end, readers will come to understand an intricate historical aspect, made possible through such a grand and meta-appreciation.

About the Author



KANAMORI Osamu was born in Sapporo in 1954. He studied at the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology at the University of Tokyo and received a doctorate in philosophy from Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne). He lectured at the University of Tsukuba and taught as Associate Professor at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. Currently he is a Professor at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Tokyo. He specializes in French philosophy, the history of scientific thought, and bioethics.

Selected Writings:

Bashurāru (Gaston Bachelard),

Tokyo, Kodansha, 1996

Saiensu wōzu (Science wars),

Tokyo, University of Tokyo Press, 2000

Kagaku teki shikō no kōkogaku (Archeology of scientific thought),

Kyoto, Jimbun Shoin, 2004

‘Seiseiji’ no tetsugaku (The philosophy of biopolitics),

Kyoto, Minerva Shobo, 2010

Gōremu no seimei ron (Theory of life of golems),

Tokyo, Heibonsha, 2010

Dōbutsu ni tamashii wa arunoka (Do animals have souls?),

Tokyo, Chuokoron-Shinsha, 2012

Kagaku no kiki (Crisis of science)

Tokyo, Shueisha, 2015.

Selected Edited Books:

Kagaku shisō shi (History of scientific thought),

Tokyo, Keiso Shobo, 2010

Gōrisei no kōkogaku (Archeology of rationality),

Tokyo, University of Tokyo Press, 2012

Episutemorojī (Epistemology),

Tokyo, Keio University Press, 2013