Japanese Reinterpretations of Confucianism

Itō Jinsai and His Project

Authors

  • Marko Ogrizek University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Slovenia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/as.2021.9.2.183-208

Keywords:

Itō Jinsai, Japanese Confucianism, traditional Japanese philosophy, ethics

Abstract

This article aims to introduce the study of Itō Jinsai from the point of view of the value of his Confucian interpretations within the context of the project of Confucian ethics—in other words, trying to ascertain in what ways Jinsai’s project can help facilitate the study of Confucian ethics beyond the realm of intellectual history in the global context of the 21st century. It is imperative to allow Jinsai’s notions, as much as possible, to speak for themselves; but it is also of great importance to first place Jinsai within his own time and inside the intellectual space in which he formulated his ideas. A number of scholarly sources will be considered, with the intention of illuminating Jinsai’s work from a few different angles.

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Published

7. 05. 2021

How to Cite

Ogrizek, Marko. 2021. “Japanese Reinterpretations of Confucianism: Itō Jinsai and His Project”. Asian Studies 9 (2): 183-208. https://doi.org/10.4312/as.2021.9.2.183-208.

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