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Kumazawa Banzan (1610–91)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G118-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Trained under Nakae Tōju, the founder of the Wang Yangming school (Yōmeigaku) of Confucian idealism during the Tokugawa era in Japan, Kumazawa Banzan is known for his eclectic and pragmatic philosophy emphasizing political and economic reforms. For example, he recommended that the shogunate take greater responsibility for promoting economic equity and prosperity by supporting rice production and storage as well as the use of rice as the medium of exchange. He advocated a form of government dedicated to the Confucian ideal of benevolence.

Citing this article:
Heine, Steven. Kumazawa Banzan (1610–91), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G118-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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