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Imagining HarmonyPoetry, Empathy, and Community in Mid-Tokugawa Confucianism and Nativism$
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Peter Flueckiger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761574

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761574.001.0001

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Poetry and the Cultivation of the Confucian Gentleman

Poetry and the Cultivation of the Confucian Gentleman

The Literary Thought of Ogyū Sorai

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Imagining Harmony
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This chapter examines Sorai's views on poetry as a component of the education of the Confucian gentleman, looking at how he values poetry as a method for learning the ancient language in which the creations of the sages have been transmitted, as well as for giving knowledge of the human emotions that the Confucian Way is built upon and must respond to. The variety of roles that Sorai ascribes to poetry reflects the multifaceted nature of his conception of the Confucian gentleman, who is meant to be simultaneously a master of the literary arts, a scholar of the Confucian classics, and a government official who formulates policy and relates empathetically to the governed.

Keywords:   Confucian gentleman, Confucian education, Confucian Way, Confucian classics, Ogyū Sorai

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