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The Art of Constitutional Legitimation: A Genealogy of Modern Japanese Political Thought

Teraoka, Tomonori (2021) The Art of Constitutional Legitimation: A Genealogy of Modern Japanese Political Thought. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation examines rhetorical and historical issues of the two Japanese constitutions, the Meiji constitution (1889 − 1946) and the postwar constitution (1946 −). It examines a rhetorical issue of how persuasive narratives ground a constitution. It also examines a historical issue of modern Japan, that is to say, the re-emerging issue of whether or not, how, and how much Japan needed to domesticate foreign paradigms, a core of which was a modern constitution. The dissertation’s analysis of the two issues shows how the scholarly discourse in modern Japan (1868-) responded to the re-emerging issue of political/constitutional legitimacy across both the Meiji constitution and the postwar constitution. It uses the concept of “the rhetorical art of legitimization” to observe the distinctive methods through which leading scholars engaged in establishing political/constitutional legitimacy during different historical periods (the mid-late 19th century, the early 20th century, and the mid 20th century). In doing so, it argues that contemporary debates on constitutional revision in Japan have deep historical roots in the issue of political/constitutional legitimacy with which modern Japanese political thought constantly engaged.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Teraoka, Tomonoritomo1988tomo@gmail.comtot170000-0002-8411-2223
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee CoChairKuchinskaya, Olga
Committee CoChairLaw, Ricky
Committee MemberMarshall, David L.
Committee MemberJohnson, Paul E.
Date: 20 January 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 14 August 2020
Approval Date: 20 January 2021
Submission Date: 30 September 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 305
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Communication: Rhetoric and Communication
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: History of Political Thought, Constitutional Legitimation, Modern Japanese Political Thought, Rhetoric
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2021 19:13
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 19:13


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