Social Theory to Synthesize Problems, History, Structures, Meanings, Strategies and Subjects of Our Contemporary Society

Monday, 16 July 2018: 16:00
Oral Presentation
Kokichi SHOJI, University of Tokyo, Japan
Our most serious problems are the possibility of an incidental explosion of nuclear missiles and the frequent attacks of terrorism. Both are problems that have been passed on as unsolved from the 20th to the 21st century. Inquiring into their history, they set in relief the failures in dealing with problems of ex-colonialist global rule. Terrorist attacks have come about from the failures in dealing with conditions in the Middle East. The possible incidental explosion of nuclear missiles is a result of the Japanese and American imperialist rule.

Meanwhile, world structures have been evolving into ones led by the newly emerging powers such as China, India, Brazil and South Africa. No one can deny the possibility of a near future when the increasing newly-emerging nations will form a hegemony in both the economic and political worlds. The meanings are clear. The colonial rule of the world has been overturned, and the “advanced” nations have no other way than to obey the “grammars” of a new world.

Japan was defeated not only by Western imperialist powers but also by Asian national liberation struggles. The only way for Japan to make progress is to keep an accurate recognition of history, apologize to neighbor nations for regaining trust and take concrete actions to establish peace in East Asia and the world. This should be the only presumable strategy. The Japanese sovereign people, as the subjects, should do their best to invite North Korea into negotiations.

In this presentation, I will try to create a new social theory to synthesize these six key elements; thereby aiming toward a new global society overcoming the old order of global dominance, based on civilization potentials of the newly emerging nations such as China and India, using the “ontological turn” as a fulcrum to gain a new perspective.