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Professor Takashi Shogimen

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Room 2S1, 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 main areas of research interests are medieval European political thought, modern Japanese political thought, and patriotism and nationalism.

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. His 2019 books in Japanese explored the history and theory of patriotism in Western Europe and Japan. He has also published approximately 50 articles in English and Japanese on medieval European political thought, comparative political thought, and modern Japanese political thought, while actively contributing to national media in Japan commenting on current affairs, especially nationalism. He is currently working on books in English on patriotism.

Before coming to 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. He is currently a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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Areas of research supervision

Political thought in Europe, 1150–1650; medieval European history; Modern Japanese intellectual history.

 
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Editorial responsibilities

Takashi is currently on the editorial board/committee of the Journal of Religious History 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. (2019). Aikoku no Kōzō [The structure of patriotism]. Tokyo, Japan: Iwanami Shoten, 352p.

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. (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. (2019). Aikoku no Kōzō [The structure of patriotism]. Tokyo, Japan: Iwanami Shoten, 352p.

Shogimen, T. (2019). Nihon Kokumin notameno Aikoku no Kyōkasho [Patriotism: The textbook for the Japanese nation]. Tokyo, Japan: Hyakuman’nen Shobō, 199p.

Shogimen, T. (2014). Genron Yokuatsu: Yanaihara Jiken no Kozu (The suppression of speech: Mapping the Yanaihara Incident). Tokyo, Japan: Chuo Koron Shinsha, 250p.

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, 195p.

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. (2018). William of Ockham and medieval discourses on toleration. In V. A. Spencer (Ed.), Toleration in comparative perspective. (pp. 3-21). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Shogimen, T. (2018). Consent and popular sovereignty in medieval political thought: Marsilius of Padua's Defensor pacis. In X. Márquez (Ed.), Democratic moments: Reading democratic texts. (pp. 49-56). London, UK: Bloomsbury.

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). 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. (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. (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. (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.

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Journal - Research Article

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

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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