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Ogyū Sorai (1666–1728)

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10.4324/9780415249126-G122-1
DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G122-1
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List of works

  • Ogyū Sorai (1666–1728) Ogyū Sorai zenshū (Complete Works), ed. Yoshikawa Kōjirō and Maruyama Masao, Tokyo: Misuzu shobō, 1974, 20 vols.

    (The definitive edition of Sorai’s Complete Works.)

  • Ogyū Sorai (1714) Ken’en zuihitsu (Reed Garden Miscellany), in Yoshikawa Kōjirō and Maruyama Masao (eds) Ogyū Sorai zenshū (Complete Works), Tokyo: Misuzu shobō, 1974, vol. 5.

    (The work in which Ogyū attacked the work of Itō Jinsai.)

  • Ogyū Sorai (1717) Bendō (Discerning the Meaning of the Way), in Yoshikawa Kōjirō et al. (eds) Ogyū Sorai, Nihon shisō taikei vol. 36, Tokyo: Iwanami shoten; trans. O. Lidin, Ogyū Sorai: Distinguishing the Way (Bendō), Tokyo: Monumenta Nipponica Monographs, 1970.

    (Lidin’s edition is the only English translation of the Bendō.)

  • Ogyū Sorai (1717) Bemmei (Discerning the Meanings of Philosophical Terms), in Yoshikawa Kōjirō et al. (eds) Ogyū Sorai, Nihon shisō taikei vol. 36, Tokyo: Iwanami shoten.

    (Calls for a revival of the ancient Chinese philosophy of the Six Classics.)

  • Ogyū Sorai (1727) Taiheisaku (Plan for an Age of Great Peace), in Yoshikawa Kōjirō et al. (eds) Ogyū Sorai, Nihon shisō taikei vol. 36, Tokyo: Iwanami shoten.

    (Work on political economy.)

  • Ogyū Sorai (1727) Seidan (Discourses on Political Economy), in Yoshikawa Kōjirō et al. (eds) Ogyū Sorai, Nihon shisō taikei vol. 36, Tokyo: Iwanami shoten.

    (Work on political economy.)

  • Ogyū Sorai (c. 1717) Gakusoku (Instructions for Students), in Yoshikawa Kōjirō and Maruyama Masao (eds) Ogyū Sorai zenshū (Complete Works), Tokyo: Misuzu shobō, 1974, vol. 1; trans. R. Minear in ‘Ogyū Sorai’s Instructions of Students: A Translation and Commentary’, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 36, 1976: 5–81.

    (The only translation of Sorai’s Gakusoku in English. Accompanied by a lengthy, thoughtful essay.)

References and further reading

  • de Bary, W.T. and Bloom, I. (1979) Principle and Practicality: Essays in Neo-Confucianism and Practical Learning, New York: Columbia University Press.

    (An anthology including sophisticated essays, many pertaining to Sorai, by leading Japanese and American scholars.)

  • Bellah, R.N. (1978) ‘Baigan and Sorai: Continuities and Discontinuities in Eighteenth-Century Japanese Thought’, in Tetsuo Najita and I. Scheiner (eds) Japanese Thought in the Tokugawa Period, 1600–1868, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

    (Reveals how Sorai and Baigan represent antithetical poles in eighteenth-century Japanese thought.)

  • Bitō Masahide (1978) ‘Ogyū Sorai and the Distinguishing Features of Japanese Confucianism’, in Tetsuo Najita and I. Scheiner (eds) Japanese Thought in the Tokugawa Period, 1600–1868, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

    (Discusses the distinctively Japanese elements in Sorai’s understanding of the Chinese notion of heaven.)

  • Imanaka Kanshi (1966) Soraigaku kisoteki kenkyū (A Basic Study of Sorai’s Thought), Tokyo: Yoshikawa kōbunkan.

    (A major, post-Maruyama monograph on Sorai. Traces most of Sorai’s ideas to Chinese sources.)

  • Lidin, O. (1973) The Life of Ogyū Sorai, Lund: Studentlitteratur.

    (The only biography of Sorai in English.)

  • Maruyama Masao (1974) Studies in the Intellectual History of Tokugawa Japan, trans. Mikiso Hane, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (An English translation of a seminal, though somewhat dated, work written in the early 1940s.)

  • McEwan, J. (1962) The Political Writings of Ogyū Sorai, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (Features numerous translations from Sorai’s Seidan and Taiheisaku.)

  • Sakai Naoki (1992) Voices of the Past: The Status of Language in Eighteenth-Century Japanese Discourse, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

    (Argues that from the late seventeenth century, Japanese discourse began reconceptualizing the world in new and diverse ways, all of which had political consequences.)

  • Yamashita, S.H. (1984) ‘Nature and Artifice in the Writings of Ogyū Sorai’, in P. Nosco (ed.) Confucianism and Tokugawa Culture, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (Criticizes Maruyama’s claim that Sorai’s philosophy broke with the naturalistic thought of Zhu Xi.)

  • Yamashita, S.H. (1994) Master Sorai’s Responsals: An Annotated Translation of Sorai sensei tōmonsho, Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press.

    (A brief translation and study of Sorai’s political philosophy.)

  • Yoshikawa Kōjirō (1983) Jinsai, Sorai, Norinaga: Three Classical Philologists in Mid-Tokugawa Japan, Tokyo: Tōhō gakkai.

    (Includes an English translation of Yoshikawa’s seminal ‘Sorai gakuan’ (An Introductory Study of Sorai).)

  • Yoshikawa Kōjirō, Maruyama Masao, Nishida Taichirō and Tsuji Tatsuya (1973) Ogyū Sorai, Nihon shisō taikei vol. 36, Tokyo: Iwanami shoten.

    (Contains extensively annotated Japanese texts, in kambun and bungo, of Sorai’s main works, the Bendō, Bemmei, Gakusoku, Seidan, Taiheisaku and selections from the Sorai shū, plus analytic essays by Yoshikawa, Tsuji and Maruyama.)

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