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Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution$
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George Anastaplo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125336

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125336.001.0001

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. On Understanding the Others

. On Understanding the Others

(p.2) (p.3) 1. On Understanding the Others
Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

George Anastaplo

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the Yukio Mishima short story “Patriotism,” which describes what we would call a suicide pact between a Japanese Army lieutenant and his wife. It notes that a traditional Japanese mode of suicide is drawn upon by the young officer. It emphasizes that the main interest in this story is reinforced by what is known about how the author of the story orchestrated (in 1970) his own suicide at age forty-five. It further examines the status and modes of suicide elsewhere, ancient and modern. It emphasizes thereby of how difficult it can be truly to see Others. It notes that particularly to be noticed are varying insights and assumptions about the nature of the human soul and about the status of what we often call the Self.

Keywords:   Yukio Mishima, Patriotism, Japanese, Others, suicide, human soul, Self

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