Ogyū Sorai

Philosopher, Deceased Person

1666 – 1728

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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.

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Born
Mar 21, 1666
Edo
Also known as
  • Butsu Sorai
Profession
Died
Feb 28, 1728

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on July 23, 2013

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