Otaka Tomoo’s Conception of Sovereignty as Nomos: A Phenomenological Interpretation

Toru Yaegashi, Genki Uemura

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The present chapter deals with a controversy on the Japanese sovereignty between Otaka Tomoo (1899–1956) and his colleague Miyazawa Toshiyoshi (1899–1976) in the period from 1947 to 1950. After the overview of the controversy, we introduce a set of philosophical ideas from Otaka’s writings published before 1945 as a background for his theory of so-called Nomos-sovereignty. With this framework at hand, we reinterpret Otaka’s position in the controversy with Miyazawa, and we disclose a phenomenological philosophy of law, which Otaka pursued as a student of Edmund Husserl, the founder of phenomenology, although he did not realize this himself.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTetsugaku Companions to Japanese Philosophy
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameTetsugaku Companions to Japanese Philosophy
ISSN (Print)2662-2181
ISSN (Electronic)2662-219X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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