Ogyu Sorai's Philosophical Masterworks: The Bendo and Benmel (Asian Interactions and Comparisons (Hardcover))

Ogyu Sorai s Philosophical Masterworks The Bendo and Benmel Asian Interactions and Comparisons Hardcover Ogy Sorai was one of the greatest philosophers of early modern Japan This volume a monumental work of scholarship offers for the first time in any Western language unabridged and fully ann

  • Title: Ogyu Sorai's Philosophical Masterworks: The Bendo and Benmel (Asian Interactions and Comparisons (Hardcover))
  • Author: John Allen Tucker
  • ISBN: 9780824829513
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ogy Sorai 1666 1728 was one of the greatest philosophers of early modern Japan This volume, a monumental work of scholarship, offers for the first time in any Western language unabridged and fully annotated translations of Sorai s masterpieces The Bend Distinguishing the Way and Benmei Distinguishing Names are works of political philosophy that define the theoretOgy Sorai 1666 1728 was one of the greatest philosophers of early modern Japan This volume, a monumental work of scholarship, offers for the first time in any Western language unabridged and fully annotated translations of Sorai s masterpieces The Bend Distinguishing the Way and Benmei Distinguishing Names are works of political philosophy that define the theoretical foundation for a leadership exercising total power, the best remedy, in Sorai s view, for a regime in crisis The translations are based on the 1740 Genbun 5 woodblock edition, the first major edition of these seminal texts published during the Tokugawa period In his commentary, John Tucker situates the Bend and Benmei in relation to NeoConfucianism via what is known as philosophical lexicography This genre, which links Sorai s thinking with Neo Confucianism, is traced to the early thirteenth century Song dynasty text the Xingli ziyi The Meanings of Neo Confucian Terms by Chen Beixi 1159 1223 Although Sorai was an unrelenting critic the Neo Confucian formulations of the great Song synthesizer Zhu Xi 1130 1200 , his thinking remained, due to its genre, methodology, and conceptual repertory, essentially a radical revision of Neo Confucian discourse Tucker s introduction also examines the reception of Sorai s two Ben during the remainder of the Tokugawa, calling attention to radical tendencies in later developments of Sorai s thought as well as to the increasingly scathing critiques of his Chinese approach to philosophy, language, and politics Finally, it traces the vicissitudes of the two Ben in modern Japanese intellectual history and their role in the formation of the ideas ofMeiji intellectuals such as Nishi Amane 1829 1897 and Kato Hiroyuki 1836 1916.

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