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Professor Takashi Shogimen

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Room 2C13, Arts 1 (Burns) Building
Tel 64 3 479 4164
Email takashi.shogimen@otago.ac.nz


Academic Qualifications

2006: FRHistS
1998: PhD University of Sheffield
1991: LL.B. Keio University


Research Interests

Takashi Shogimen is a historian of political thought. His research revolves around three pillars: 1. The history of late medieval and early modern European political thought, 2. The history of modern Japanese political thought, and 3. Comparative history of political thought.

In the field of late medieval and early modern European political thought, his 2007 book in English offered a comprehensive reappraisal of the political thought of William of Ockham (c.1285-1347), a Franciscan theologian and philosopher. His 2013 book in Japanese, which demonstrated the emergence of distinctively European political thinking at the turn of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, won the 2013 Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities, one of the most prestigious prizes for humanities researchers and social scientists in Japan. Takashi is currently exploring the history of conceptions of heresy in late medieval and early modern eccleisology and political thought.

In modern Japanese intellectual history, Takashi has published on the life and thought of Yanaihara Tadao (1893-1961), a prominent economist and Christian thinker. His 2014 book (in Japanese) on the ‘Yanaihara Incident’, the de facto expulsion of Yanaihara from the Imperial University of Tokyo where he was a professor due to his anti-militarist extramural speech, has been reviewed favourably in 20 outlets including four national newspapers in Japan. Currently Takashi is working on a monograph on the history of Japanese patriotism.

Comparative studies in the history of political thought are an emerging field of research as both intellectual history and political theory are increasingly globalised. Takashi has been developing a new approach to comparative study of political thought by deploying a cognitive theory of metaphor. He is currently writing a monograph on the comparative history of the metaphorical discourse of the body politic in Western Europe and East Asia.

Before joining the History Department at Otago, Takashi was Research Fellow at Clare Hall in the University of Cambridge and the Research Assistant for the British Academy’s Medieval Texts Editorial Committee. In May 2005, he was Visiting Professor at the Department of History in the University of Helsinki, Finland and, in late 2009, he was Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science in Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. Takashi was awarded the Marsden Grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand twice in 2006-2007 and 2008-2010. Takashi is currently a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Research Affiliate of the Centre for the History of European Discourses in the University of Queensland.

Takashi's Inaugural Professorial Lecture can be viewed here.


Areas of Research Supervision

Political thought in Europe, 1150-1650; Comparative history of political thought; medieval ecclesiastical history

 
Courses Taught

HIST108 From Medieval to Modern Europe
HIST215 Heretics, Witches, and Inquisitors
HIST490 Dissertation

 

Editorial Responsibilities

Takashi is currently on the editorial board/committee of the Journal of Religious History and Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and on the editorial advisory board of Nihon Kenkyu, a journal of Japanese Studies published by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto.


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Publications

Shogimen, T. (2016). On the elusiveness of context. History & Theory, 55, 233-252. doi: 10.1111/hith.10798

Shogimen, T. (2016). Dialogue, Eurocentrism, and comparative political theory: A view from cross-cultural intellectual history. Journal of the History of Ideas, 77(2), 323-345.

Shogimen, T. (2016). The pressure of coherence and the diachronic reconfigurations of metaphorical discourse: The case of the body politic metaphor in medieval political texts. Cognitive Linguistic Studies, 3(1), 50-69. doi: 10.1075/cogls.3.1.03sho

Shogimen, T. (2013). Yoroppa Seiji Shiso no Tanjo [The birth of European political thought]. Nagoya, Japan: University of Nagoya Press, 324p.

Shogimen, T. (2007). Ockham and political discourse in the late Middle Ages. Cambridge University Press, 301p.

Authored Book - Research

Shogimen, T. (2014). Genron Yokuatsu: Yanaihara Jiken no Kozu (The suppression of speech: Mapping the Yanaihara Incident). Tokyo: Chuo Koron Shinsha, 256p.

Shogimen, T. (2013). Yoroppa Seiji Shiso no Tanjo [The birth of European political thought]. Nagoya, Japan: University of Nagoya Press, 324p.

Shogimen, T. (2007). Ockham and political discourse in the late Middle Ages. Cambridge University Press, 301p.

Shogimen, T. (2006). Seiji shindangaku eno shotai [Political diagnostics: An introduction]. Tokyo: Kodansha Publishers, 218p.

Shogimen, T. (2002). Han Bōkun no Shinosōshi [Against the tyrant: An intellectual history]. Tokyo, Japan: Heibonsha, 240p.

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Edited Book - Research

Shogimen, T., & Spencer, V. A. (Eds.). (2014). Visions of peace: Asia and the West. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 208p.

Shogimen, T., & Nederman, C. J. (Eds.). (2009). Western political thought in dialogue with Asia. Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books, 330p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Shogimen, T. (2017). William of Ockham's ecclesiology and political thought. In M. J. P. Robson (Ed.), The English province of the Franciscans (1224-c.1350). (pp. 335-353). Leinden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004331624_017

Shogimen, T. (2015). William of Ockham on ecclesiastical censorship. In G. Kemp (Ed.), Censorship moments: Reading texts in the history of censorship and freedom of expression. (pp. 39-46). London: Bloomsbury.

Shogimen, T. (2015). Patriotism and republicanism in Japan: A century ago and today. In J.-H. Kwak & L. Jenco (Eds.), Republicanism in Northeast Asia. (pp. 158-174). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Shogimen, T. (2015). John of Paris and the idea of peace in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. In C. Jones (Ed.), John of Paris: Beyond royal and papal power. (pp. 239-261). Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols.

Shogimen, T. (2014). Visions of peace in medieval European political thought. In T. Shogimen & V. A. Spencer (Eds.), Visions of peace: Asia and the West. (pp. 103-118). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Shogimen, T. (2014). Ockham, Almain, and the idea of heresy. In K. Bollermann, T. M. Izbicki & C. J. Nederman (Eds.), Religion, power and resistance from the eleventh to the sixteenth centuries: Playing the heresy card. (pp. 153-168). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Shogimen, T. (2013). The legacy of Uchimura Kanzō's patriotism: Tsukamoto Toraji and Yanaihara Tadao. In H. Shibuya & S. Chiba (Eds.), Living for Jesus and Japan: The social and theological thought of Uchimura Kanzō. (pp. 93-112). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans.

Shogimen, T. (2012). Medicine and the body politic in Marsilius of Padua's Defensor pacis. In G. Moreno-Riaño & C. J. Nederman (Eds.), A Companion to Marsilius of Padua. (pp. 71-116). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

Shogimen, T. (2012). Ockham's political philosophy. In M. Takeshita & S. Yamauchi (Eds.), Isurāmu Tetsugaku to Kirisutokyō Chūsei [Islamic philosophy and the Christian middle ages] (Vol. II: Practical philosophy). (pp. 91-113). Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten.

Shogimen, T. (2009). Imagining the body politic: Metaphor and political language in Late Medieval Europe and Tokugawa Japan. In T. Shogimen & C. J. Nederman (Eds.), Western political thought in dialogue with Asia. (pp. 279-300). Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books.

Shogimen, T. (2008). William of Ockham and the idea of heresy in medieval Europe. In S. Sumi & S. Chiba (Eds.), The crossroad of political theory and intellectual history in Europe [In Japanese]. (pp. 89-110). Tokyo, Japan: Keio University Press.

Shogimen, T. (2006). Wyclif's ecclesiology and political thought. In I. C. Levy (Ed.), A companion to John Wyclif: Late medieval theologian. (pp. 199-240). Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill.

Shogimen, T. (2005). William of Ockham and conceptions of heresy, c.1250-c.1350. In I. Hunter, J. C. Laursen & C. J. Nederman (Eds.), Heresy in transition: Transforming ideas of heresy in medieval and early modern Europe. (pp. 59-70). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

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Journal - Research Article

Shogimen, T. (2016). On the elusiveness of context. History & Theory, 55, 233-252. doi: 10.1111/hith.10798

Shogimen, T. (2016). Dialogue, Eurocentrism, and comparative political theory: A view from cross-cultural intellectual history. Journal of the History of Ideas, 77(2), 323-345.

Shogimen, T. (2016). The pressure of coherence and the diachronic reconfigurations of metaphorical discourse: The case of the body politic metaphor in medieval political texts. Cognitive Linguistic Studies, 3(1), 50-69. doi: 10.1075/cogls.3.1.03sho

Shogimen, T. (2014). Censorship, academic factionalism, and university autonomy in wartime Japan: The Yanaihara Incident reconsidered. Journal of Japanese Studies, 40(1), 57-85. doi: 10.1353/jjs.2014.0011

Shogimen, T. (2013). The «armed hand» of the body politic: Vegetius and a military dimension of medieval political thought. Storia Del Pensiero Politico, 3, 407-424. doi: 10.4479/75154

Shogimen, T., & Nederman, C. J. (2011). The best medicine? Medical education, practice, and metaphor in John of Salisbury's Policraticus and Metalogicon. Viator, 42(1), 55-73. doi: 10.1484/j.viator.1.102004

Shogimen, T. (2010). ″Another″ patriotism in early Shōwa Japan (1930-1945). Journal of the History of Ideas, 71(1), 139-160.

Shogimen, T. (2010). European ideas of peace in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. European Legacy, 15(7), 871-885. doi: 10.1080/10848770.2010.528904

Shogimen, T. (2008). Treating the body politic: The medical metaphor of political rule in Late Medieval Europe and Tokugawa Japan. Review of Politics, 70, 77-104. doi: 10.1017/S00346705080001811

Shogimen, T. (2007). 'Head or heart?' revisited: Physiology and political thought in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. History of Political Thought, XXVIII(2), 208-229.

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Other - Edited Journal

Shogimen, T. (Ed.). (2012). American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 86(3) [Special issue: William of Ockham]. [Guest Editor].

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