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Itō Jinsai (1627–1705)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G116-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Itō Jinsai, along with his contemporary Yamaga Sokō, pioneered the kogaku, or ‘Ancient Learning’, philosophical movement of Tokugawa Japan. Kogaku reacted against the allegedly stifling and excessively metaphysical ideas of Zhu Xi’s neo-Confucianism. In making his call for a return to the ancient Confucian teachings, Jinsai produced one of the first and most systematic visions of Confucian philosophy.

Citing this article:
Tucker, John Allen. Itō Jinsai (1627–1705), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G116-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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