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Ogyū Soraia political and legal thought

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confucianism   Edo   political thought   Japan


Tyt. zeszytu: Orient daleki i bliski = Orient far and near


The subject of this paper is political and legal thought of Ogyū Sorai. Ogyū Sorai was one of the most important Confucian thinkers of the Edo period. Among his major works are Bendō (Distinguishing the Way), Benmei (Distinguishing names), Seidan (Discourse on Government) Taiheisaku (Plan for and age of great peace) and Tōmonsho (Questions and answers). He was staunch critic of Chinese and Japanese Neoconfucians. In his opinion, the Way was creation of ancient kings transmitted by Confucius. Unlike most other Confucians Sorai recognized importance of law and political institutions. Sorai supported strong authority of shogun. He also advocated strict class division of the society. Sorai’s views were very controversial. He proposed resettlement of samurai from castle towns into their fiefs. Although some of his proposed solutions were unrealistic, his impact on development of political thought of Edo period is undeniable

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Wydział Prawa, Administracji i Ekonomii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

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ISSN 2080-332X   ISBN 978-83-65158-16-1






Wrocławskie Studia Erazmiańskie. 2019, 13, s. 159-171

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