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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

2020: MAE
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 and a Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea.

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Areas of research supervision

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

 
Courses taught

 

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. (2021). Democracy and representation. In R. Cross & J. T. Paasch (Eds.), Routledge companion to medieval philosophy. (pp. 403-412). New York, NY: Routledge.

Shogimen, T. (2021). Jūjunsa no doko ga ikenainoka [What’s wrong with obedience]. Tokyo, Japan: Chikuma Shobō, 223p.

Shogimen, T. (2020). Rethinking heresy as a category of analysis. Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 88(3), 726-748. doi: 10.1093/jaarel/lfaa039

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

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

Shogimen, T. (2021). Democracy and representation. In R. Cross & J. T. Paasch (Eds.), Routledge companion to medieval philosophy. (pp. 403-412). New York, NY: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Shogimen, T. (2021). Jūjunsa no doko ga ikenainoka [What’s wrong with obedience]. Tokyo, Japan: Chikuma Shobō, 223p.

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Shogimen, T. (2020). Rethinking heresy as a category of analysis. Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 88(3), 726-748. doi: 10.1093/jaarel/lfaa039

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Shogimen, T., & Spencer, V. A. (Eds.). (2014). Visions of peace: Asia and the West. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 195p.

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Other - Edited Journal

Gabriel, M., Mimaki, S, & Shogimen, T. (2020, April). Studio 202X: Lock down globalisation? Invited discussion with Daisuke Tsuda, Goethe-Institut, Tokyo, Japan. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/goethe.institut.tokyo/videos/1106109749764261/

Other Research Output

Stenhouse, J. & Shogimen, T. (2020, May). Why Kiwis embraced lockdown so willingly. Newsroom: Ideasroom. Retrieved from https://www.newsroom.co.nz/ideasroom/2020/05/04/1155032/why-did-kiwis-embrace-lockdown-so-willingly

Other Research Output

Shogimen, T. (2020, May). Arise from your slumber: Coronavirus and the modern state. Newsroom: Ideasroom. Retrieved from https://www.newsroom.co.nz/ideasroom/2020/05/07/1158552/coronavirus-and-the-modern-state

Other Research Output

Shogimen, T. (2020). Jiyū eno shingai wa tobihi suru: senzen no daigaku dan'atsu jiken kara kangaeru gakumon no yukue [The oppression of freedom spreads like wildfire: The future of academia in view of the history of attacks on the university before the War] [Interview]. Mainichi Shimbun, (6 October). Retrieved from https://mainichi.jp/articles/20201006/k00/00m/040/118000c

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Shogimen, T. (2021). Derutakabu mo osaekomu nyūjīrando: kyōryokuna rokkudaun ni kokumin ga sandō suru riyū [New Zealand suppresses delta variant: The reason New Zealanders embrace rigorous lockdown]. Gendai Bijinesu, (9 September). Retrieved from https://gendai.ismedia.jp/articles/-/87084

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Shogimen, T. (2020). Korona in Nyūjīrando: Jiyū yori kōsei wo jūshisuru hitobito [Coronavirus in New Zealand: Prioritizing fairness over freedom]. Asahi Shimbun, (12 September), 15. [Commentary].

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Shogimen, T. (2020). Honkon demo kakushin ni aikokushugi [Patriotism is at the heart of the democratic protest in Hong Kong]. Yomiuri Shimbun, (20 January). Retrieved from https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/culture/20200119-OYT8T50021/

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Shogimen, T. (2020). Nihon daisuki no sokoniaru aikoku shizen no ayausa [The danger of ’natural’ patriotic sentiments in Japan]. Monthly Journalism, (10 January), 40-47. [Commentary].

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Shogimen, T. (2020). Orinpikku to aikoku [Olympics and patriotism]. Chūō Kōron, (May), 150-165. [Commentary].

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Shogimen, T. (2020). Shin no aikoku – Nan no tameni ikirunoka [True Patriotism: What do we live for?] [Interview]. Weekly Dokushojin, (10 January).

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