Ogyū Sorai

Philosopher, Deceased Person

1666 – 1728


Who was Ogyū Sorai?

Ogyū Sorai, pen name Butsu Sorai, was a Japanese Confucian philosopher. He has been described as the most influential such scholar during the Tokugawa period. His primary area of study was in applying the teachings of Confucianism to government and social order. He responded to contemporary economic and political failings in Japan, as well as the culture of mercantilism and the dominance of old institutions that had become weak with extravagance. Sorai rejected the moralism of Song Confucianism and instead looked to the ancient works. He argued that allowing emotions to be expressed was important and nurtured Chinese literature in Japan for this reason. Sorai attracted a large following with his teachings and created the Sorai school, which would become an influential force in further Confucian scholarship in Japan.

We need you!

Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!

Mar 21, 1666
Also known as
  • Butsu Sorai
Feb 28, 1728

on July 23, 2013


Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:


"Ogyū Sorai." Biographies.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 28 Jun 2022. <https://www.biographies.net/people/en/ogyu_sorai>.

Discuss this Ogyū Sorai biography with the community:


    Browse Biographies.net