Professor Christopher Goto-Jones

Honorary Fellow
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BA (Social and political science with Japanese studies) Cambridge; MPhil (Politics and international relations) Oxford; MA (Social and political science with Japanese studies) Cambridge; PhD (Politics and international relations) Oxford.

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Single Authored Monographs

  • Modern Japan: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2009
  • Warrior Ethics in Japan: Bushidô as Intellectual History, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, 2009
  • Political Philosophy in Japan: Nishida, the Kyoto School, and Co-Prosperity, Routledge (Leiden Series in Modern East Asia), 2005 (Nominated for the Gladstone History Book Prize, 2006)


  • CyberAsia, special 50th anniversary issue of the IIAS Newsletter, Spring 2009
  • Re-Politicising the Kyoto School qua Philosophy, Routledge (Leiden Series in Modern East Asia), 2007
  • Global Society special issue, ‘Locating the ‘I’ in ‘IR’  Challenging the Euro-American Centricity of IR Theory’ (17:2, April 2003)

Selected Recent Publications (peer reviewed only)

  • "Comparative Political Thought: Beyond the Non-Western," in Duncan Bell (ed), Ethics and World Politics, Oxford University Press, 2010
  • "Alien Autopsy: The science fictional frontier of Asian Studies," in IIAS Newsletter, 50, 2009
  • "Más allá del arrepentimiento. La filosofía de la postguerra y el legado de la Segunda Guerra Mundial "(Beyond Repentance: Postwar Japanese Philosophy and the Legacy of WWII), in Revista de Occidente, 334 (2009)
  • "Japanimation and the Ani-nation - Graphic revolution and politics in the twenty-first century," in Groniek: Historisch Tijdschrift, 181 (2009)
  • "The Kyoto School," in Mark Bevir (ed), Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Sage, 2009
  • "The Kyoto School, the Cambridge School, and the History of Political Philosophy in Wartime Japan", in Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, 17:1, 2009
  • "Liberalism" in Akira Iriye and Pierre-Yves Saunier (eds), The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History, Palgrave MacMillan, 2009
  • "The Kyoto School and the History of Political Philosophy: Reconsidering the Methodological Dominance of the Cambridge School", in CS Goto-Jones (ed.) Re-Politicising the Kyoto School as Philosophy, Routledge, 2007
  • "Transcending Boundaries: Nishida Kitarô, K’ang Yu-wei and the Politics of Unity", in Modern Asian Studies, 39:4 (2005)
  • "The Left Hand of Darkness: Forging a Political Left in Interwar Japan", in Rikki Kersten amd David Williams (eds) The Left in Japanese Politics: Essays in Honour of JAA Stockwin, RoutledgeCurzon, 2005
  • "On the Location of Japanese Philosophy: If the past is a different country, are different countries in the past?" Daiwa Foundation Prize Lecture, Daiwa Foundation, London, October 2003. Revised and expanded as "If the Past is a Different Country, are Different Countries in the Past? On the Place of the Non-European in the History of Philosophy", in Philosophy, 80:311 (2005)
  • "Ethics and Politics in the Early Nishida: Reconsidering Zen no Kenkyû" in Philosophy East and West, 53:4 (2003)
  • "From Japanese Philosophy to Philosophy in Japan", in Japan Forum, 15:2 (2003)
  • "Interman and the Inter" in "International Relations: Watsuji Tetsurô and the Ethics of the Inbetween", in Global Society, 17:2 (April 2003)
  • "The State of the Art on Zen (and the Art of the State)" in Global Society, 16:3 (2002)
  • "If not a Clash, then What? Huntington, Nishida, and the Politics of Civilizations", in International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 2:2 (2002)
  • "Politicising Travel and Climatising Philosophy: Watsuji, Montesquieu, and the European Tour", in Japan Forum, 14:1 (2002) – winner of the 2003 Daiwa Foundation Prize
  • "A Lost Tradition: Nishida Kitarô, Henri Bergson and Intuition in Political Philosophy" in Social Science Japan Journal, 5:1 (2002)