Dr Olivier Ansart

BA, PhD, University of Paris
Chair of Department, Senior Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4306

Research interests

Dr Ansart carries out research on Japanese and East Asian intellectual history, focusing particularly on the political theories of Japanese Confucian thinkers of 18th century. He lectures on early modern Japanese history, the Tokugawa period, as well as social and political issues of contemporary Japan.

Teaching and supervision

Courses Taught

  • ASNS 2634 Samurai and Merchants: Tokugawa Japan
  • ASNS 2636 The Enigma of Japanese Power
  • ASNS 3690 / ASNS 5902 Approaches to Research in Asian Studies
  • JPNS 3621 Japanese 7 – Readings
  • JPNS 3672 Japanese Media Issues

Research Supervision

Japanese history; contemporary social and political issues in Japan; Japanese thought.

Current projects

Dr Ansart is engaged in a study of some rationalist thinkers of the Tokugawa period, especially Kaiho Seiryō and Yamagata Bantō.

Selected grants

2007

  • The notion of privacy in political writings of 18th Century Japan; Ansart O; University of Sydney/Research & Development.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Ansart, O. (2014). Une modernité indigène: Ruptures et innovations dans les théories politiques japonaises du XVIIIe siècle. Paris: Les Belles Lettres.
  • Ansart, O. (2005). La Justification Des Théories Politiques: La liberté et l'égalité considérées comme des suppositions. Paris: LHarmattan.

Book Chapters

  • Ansart, O. (2014). The Philosophical Moment Between OGYU Sorai and KAIHO Seiryo: Indigenous Modernity in the Political Theories of Eighteenth-Century Japan? In Chun-chieh Huang, John Allen Tucker (Eds.), Dao Companion to Japanese Confucian Philosophy, (pp. 183-214). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Ansart, O. (2002). La norme du rite. In Bouderlique. J (Eds.), Etapes normatives de la pensée japonaise moderne, (pp. 35-57). Tokyo: Surugadai shuppansha.
  • Ansart, O. (2002). Les chemins de la justification. In Horiuchi A (Eds.), Repenser l'ordre, repenser l'héritage ; Paysage intellectuel du Japon (XVII-XIXe siècles), (pp. 4-48). Geneva: Librairie Droz.

Journals

  • Ansart, O. (2012). The Happiness of the Wicked: How Tokugawa Thinkers Dealt with the Problem. Asian Philosophy, 22(2), 161-175. [More Information]
  • Ansart, O. (2010). Embracing Death: Pure will in Hagakure. Early Modern Japan: an interdisciplinary journal, 18, 57-75.
  • Ansart, O. (2010). Review of Vaporis's "Tour of duty: Samurai, military service in Edo, and the culture of early modern Japan". Asian Studies Review, 34(1), 120-122.
  • Ansart, O. (2009). Les dieux en perspective: comment interpréter la théorie politique d’Ogyû Sorai (1666-1728). Journal Asiatique, 297(1), 103-130.
  • Ansart, O. (2009). Making sense of Sorai: how to deal with the contradictions in Ogyū Sorai's political theory. Asian Philosophy, 19(1), 11-30.
  • Ansart, O. (2009). Radical Conservatism in Japanese pre-modern political thought. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 41, 74-96.
  • Ansart, O. (2009). Rituals as utopia: Ogyū Sorai's theory of authority. Japanese Studies, 29(1), 33-45.
  • Ansart, O. (2007). Book review of "Proving the way" by Richard McNally. Japanese Studies, 27(1).
  • Ansart, O. (2007). Book review of: "Before the nation" by Susan Burns. Asian Studies Review, 28(4).
  • Ansart, O. (2007). Le Premier des Modernes? La conception du lien social chez Kaiho Seiryo (1755-1817). Ebisu, 37, 71-86.
  • Ansart, O. (2007). Loyalty in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Samurai Discourse. Japanese Studies, 27(2), 139-154.
  • Ansart, O. (2006). Book review of "Bonds of Civility" by Eiko Ikegami. Japanese Studies, 26(1).
  • Ansart, O. (2006). Kaiho Seiryo on 'What it is to be a Human Being'. Asian Philosophy, 16(1), 65-86.
  • Ansart, O. (2004). Book reviews - ALISTAIR SWALE. The Political Thought of Mori Arinori: A Study of Meiji Conservatism. Asian Studies Review, 28(2), 194-195.

2014

  • Ansart, O. (2014). The Philosophical Moment Between OGYU Sorai and KAIHO Seiryo: Indigenous Modernity in the Political Theories of Eighteenth-Century Japan? In Chun-chieh Huang, John Allen Tucker (Eds.), Dao Companion to Japanese Confucian Philosophy, (pp. 183-214). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Ansart, O. (2014). Une modernité indigène: Ruptures et innovations dans les théories politiques japonaises du XVIIIe siècle. Paris: Les Belles Lettres.

2012

  • Ansart, O. (2012). The Happiness of the Wicked: How Tokugawa Thinkers Dealt with the Problem. Asian Philosophy, 22(2), 161-175. [More Information]

2010

  • Ansart, O. (2010). Embracing Death: Pure will in Hagakure. Early Modern Japan: an interdisciplinary journal, 18, 57-75.
  • Ansart, O. (2010). Review of Vaporis's "Tour of duty: Samurai, military service in Edo, and the culture of early modern Japan". Asian Studies Review, 34(1), 120-122.

2009

  • Ansart, O. (2009). Les dieux en perspective: comment interpréter la théorie politique d’Ogyû Sorai (1666-1728). Journal Asiatique, 297(1), 103-130.
  • Ansart, O. (2009). Making sense of Sorai: how to deal with the contradictions in Ogyū Sorai's political theory. Asian Philosophy, 19(1), 11-30.
  • Ansart, O. (2009). Radical Conservatism in Japanese pre-modern political thought. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 41, 74-96.
  • Ansart, O. (2009). Rituals as utopia: Ogyū Sorai's theory of authority. Japanese Studies, 29(1), 33-45.

2007

  • Ansart, O. (2007). Book review of "Proving the way" by Richard McNally. Japanese Studies, 27(1).
  • Ansart, O. (2007). Book review of: "Before the nation" by Susan Burns. Asian Studies Review, 28(4).
  • Ansart, O. (2007). Le Premier des Modernes? La conception du lien social chez Kaiho Seiryo (1755-1817). Ebisu, 37, 71-86.
  • Ansart, O. (2007). Loyalty in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Samurai Discourse. Japanese Studies, 27(2), 139-154.

2006

  • Ansart, O. (2006). Book review of "Bonds of Civility" by Eiko Ikegami. Japanese Studies, 26(1).
  • Ansart, O. (2006). Kaiho Seiryo on 'What it is to be a Human Being'. Asian Philosophy, 16(1), 65-86.

2005

  • Ansart, O. (2005). La Justification Des Théories Politiques: La liberté et l'égalité considérées comme des suppositions. Paris: LHarmattan.

2004

  • Ansart, O. (2004). Book reviews - ALISTAIR SWALE. The Political Thought of Mori Arinori: A Study of Meiji Conservatism. Asian Studies Review, 28(2), 194-195.

2002

  • Ansart, O. (2002). La norme du rite. In Bouderlique. J (Eds.), Etapes normatives de la pensée japonaise moderne, (pp. 35-57). Tokyo: Surugadai shuppansha.
  • Ansart, O. (2002). Les chemins de la justification. In Horiuchi A (Eds.), Repenser l'ordre, repenser l'héritage ; Paysage intellectuel du Japon (XVII-XIXe siècles), (pp. 4-48). Geneva: Librairie Droz.

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