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An Encouragement of Learning$
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Yukichi Fukuzawa

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167147

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167147.001.0001

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Chapter:
(p.11) Section Two
Source:
An Encouragement of Learning
Author(s):

Fukuzawa Yukichi

, David A. Dilworth

Nishikawa Shunsaku

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167147.003.0002

This chapter presents the English translation of Section 2 of Fukuzawa Yukichi’s text Gakumon no susume (An Encouragement of Learning). Here Fukuzawa further develops the notion introduced in Section 1, that all men are equal, and that they can live in freedom and independence without hereditary status distinctions. He says that “the birth of man is the work of nature and not the power of man. People should love and respect one another, and each person should fulfill his own duty without infringing upon others.” He further says that “human rights are the great moral obligations that give dignity to an individual human life, protect a man’s fortune and possessions, and dignify his honor and reputation”.

Keywords:   equality, freedom, independence, human rights

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