Stephan Collini's "Liberalism and Sociology"

Stephan Collini’s Liberalism and Sociology: L.T.Hobhouse and Political Argument in England 1880-1914 (1979) has, without any doubt, been the best study of L.T.Hobhouse up to now. I also attained my basic knowledge of Hobhouse from this work.

However, there are a few points for which I feel sorry about this book. The biggest problem is that Collini does not seem to care much about Hobhouse’s later works from The Metaphysical Theory of the State (1918) to Social Development (1924). I have some doubt about his saying that ‘I think it can be shown that the main features of his [Hobhouse’s] sociology were already established by 1907, … further chronological analysis of his work would involve a good deal of repetition’.

Well, Collini would be right to say that Hobhouse had already established the foundation of his sociology before 1907. But still important thing is that his career was always a kind of mixture of sociologist, political theorist and journalist. So I think it would have some reason to assume that his sociology had been much influenced by his evaluation of contemporary political and social situation.

As the WWI completely transformed the political and social basis of Britain, the question that to what extent and how did Hobhouse’s social theory change after 1914, could be a valuable one. It is a question which Collini neglected in his work. As E.H.Carr says that each historian is by him/herself the product of his/her age, it would remain as an important work to explore the influence of political and social transition after 1914 on the thoughts of contemporary social scientists like Hobhouse.
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Going on to the Doctor course

It's been a long time since I wrote a last article. During these days, I completed my master thesis (on the welfare theory of L.T.Hobhouse, who is one of the leading liberal theorists in britain in the early 20th century)in January, got an entry exam for Ph.D in February, and entered the doctor course in this month.

These days I've been reading a book about social and economic thoughts of J.A.Hobson, who is another 'new liberal' thinker like Hobhouse. I hope I can discover some new insights from their social theory which can contribute to the problems about the welfare state of our own time. Especially I'm gonna focus on their criticisms against the monadistic and individualistic assumption of earlier social and economic thoughts in britain.
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Ozawa's resignation wholly disappointing

From BBC:'Japan's main opposition leader Ichiro Ozawa has offered to resign from his position as head of the Democratic Party of Japan'.

This is wholly disappointing. If Ozawa really thinks of the current legislative deadlock as a serious problem, he is supposed to find the way out of it in another general election by which he should ask people's will for the future of Japanese politics. Considering the current vigour which the Democratic party has had since the landslide in the last general election for the House of Councilors in this summer, this may be even more true .

Democracy must include the respect for the plurality of ideas, and the plurality requires the clear sense of opposing ideas. Sound consent must come from arguments among opposing ideas. Now the 'Coalition' means nothing but blurring such sense of plurarity and opposition. Therefore, both the facts that Ozawa accepted the PM Fukuda's coalition offer so rashly, and that he used it as an explanation of resignation that he was turned down the idea of coalition by his colleagues, tell us how undeveloped Japanese democracy still is.
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Singing A Cappella

When I was an undergraduate student, I used to belong to a collegiate a cappella circle. Today, thanks to an invitation of my juniors, I had a chance to sing it for the first time in this year in front of many audiences at the university festival which was held in this weekend. A cappella, which means 'singing without using any instruments' is a quite unique way of playing music, but it's definitely worth trying. When you can succeed in making a harmony with other members, it gives you lots of excitement and pleasure.
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A Large Bank Rules

One of my seniors at university has got involved in a serious trouble for years with Mizuho bank, one of the largest banks in Japan. It may be said that he and his family are victims of very serious, vicious but unknown corporate frauds, being made possible by the stupid loopholes of too old Japanese law systems. There is a blog made by those people victimised by the bank. Its contents make us think deeply of the problems of power systems in this apparently stable country called Japan. Blog(Japanese)→
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Friend will make a pro debut

Today one of my friends mailed and told me that she will make a pro debut as a singer-songwriter in the next spring. We had gone to the same junior high school between 1994-96. Last month we saw each other for the first time in these 10 years. There we enjoyed drinking together, and she told me that she had kept singing exactly for 10 years (since she became a highschool student). Now, she's gonna be a professional, after a long period of hard training. Though we have chosen completely different lives up to now, her endeavour encourages me so much!
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At Machida station

From today I will use this blog as my English diary...
Today I gave a presentation for a part of my master's thesis at the seminar. It wasn't very satisfactory though...Mmm...I need much more effort to write a better one.

Oh yeah, there was one shocking incident. As I was on my way home, being in the train, an old guy standing beside me suddenly fell down! Everyone including me was very surprised and didn't know what to do at first. Then train arrived at Machida station so I got off immeadiately, looking for a station staff. There I found an emergency button so I pushed it. Fortunately some staff came to us right away. The man's face was totally pale. He looked alright though. Well that was the first time in my life to push the emergency button to stop the train!
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I will move my blog to a new address below due to an access problem. 
Thank you.
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②私達は生まれや属性によって(タテマエ上は)差別されず、人間として「平等」 である。







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