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Ogai+and+Vita+Sexualis+108 - Mori gai (1862-1922) 1862 Born...

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Mori Ōgai ( o 1862-1922) 1862 Born in Tsuwano, now Shimane prefecture, son of samurai doctor 1872 Moves to Tokyo 1874 Enters prep. course for Tokyo University medical school 1881 Graduates from medical school 1884-88 In Germany Three stages of literary career: 1889-90 Romantic period, Maihime a (Dancing Girl, 1890) 1909-1912 Fiction on contemporary Japan, Vita Sexualis a · x o (1909) 1912-1922 Fiction about the past, Abe ichizoku a (Abe Clan, 1913)
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Some three years passed in this way like a dream. But there is always a time when, come what may, one’s true nature reveals itself. I had obeyed my father’s dying words and had done what my mother had taught me. From the beginning, I had studied willingly, proud to hear myself praised as an infant prodigy, and later I had labored unremittingly in the happy knowledge that my department head was pleased with my excellent work. But all that time I had been a mere passive, mechanical being with no real awareness of myself . Now, however, at the age of twenty-five, perhaps because I had been exposed to the liberal ways of the university for some time, there grew within me a kind of uneasiness; it seemed as if my real self, which had been lying deep down, was gradually appearing on the surface and threatening my former assumed self . I realized that I would be happy neither as a high-flying politician not as a lawyer learning statues by heart and pronouncing sentence. “Dancing Girl” p. 153
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—1.a. Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline. b. The investigation of causes and laws underlying reality. c. Any system of philosophical inquiry or demonstration. 2. Inquiry into the nature of things based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods. 3. The critique and analysis of fundamental beliefs as they come to be
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