Maruyama Occasional Papers
The Maruyama Lectures are named in honor of the late Maruyama Masao (1914-96), historian of East Asian political thought and one of the most influential political thinkers in twentieth-century Japan. Sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies, the series brings to the university important scholars and thinkers who will offer reflections on the problem of political engagement and responsibility in modern times, which was the central and overriding concern in Maruyama's work. This series is supported by a grant from the Konishi Foundation for International Exchange, Tokyo. The proceedings of the Maruyama Lectures are published in the CJS Occasional Papers series.
Over a public life of nearly five decades, Maruyama Masao (1914-96) strove to imagine and realize Japanese modernity in which democratization — of politics, of society, and of culture — remained a moral imperative and overriding aim. His scholarship won him membership in the Japan Academy (1977), honorary doctorates from Harvard and Princeton, literary prizes including the Mainichi (1953), Osaragi (1976), and Asahi (1986), and the Distinguished Service Citation of the Association for Asian Studies (1993).