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Ogyū Sorai (1666–1728)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G122-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Ogyū Sorai (1666–1728) was one of the greatest, most erudite and most Sinocentric kogaku, or ‘Ancient Learning’, philosophers of Tokugawa Japan. Sorai’s call for a return to the most ancient philosophical classics of the Chinese tradition, the Six Classics, voiced the logical conclusion of kogaku tendencies. However, Sorai’s ideas also inspired kokugaku, or ‘National Learning’, a literary movement advocating a return to the ancient writings of Japan which most purely expressed the Japanese soul prior to its distortion by Chinese philosophy.

Citing this article:
Tucker, John Allen. Ogyū Sorai (1666–1728), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G122-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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