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Imagining Harmony: Poetry, Empathy, and Community in Mid-Tokugawa Confucianism and Nativism

Peter Flueckiger

Abstract

Many intellectuals in eighteenth-century Japan valued classical poetry in either Chinese or Japanese for its expression of unadulterated human sentiments. They also saw such poetry as a distillation of the language and aesthetic values of ancient China and Japan, which offered models of the good government and social harmony lacking in their time. By studying the poetry of the past and composing new poetry emulating its style, they believed it possible to reform their own society. This book focuses on the development of these ideas in the life and work of Ogyu Sorai, the most influential Confu ... More

Keywords: harmony, classical poetry, China, Japan, Ogyu Sorai, Confucian philosopher, literary thought, emotions, political thought, eighteenth-century Japan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804761574
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804761574.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Flueckiger, author