Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. ii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Master Sorai’s Responsals would never have found its way into print without the help of many scholars and friends, both in Japan and the United States. My deepest debts are to my teachers—Roger Hackett, William Hauser, and Minamoto Ryòen—who were unstinting in their support and encouragement. William Hauser and Herman ...

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Ogyū Sorai: His Life, Context, and Interpreters

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pp. 1-32

Sometime around 1720, a Confucian scholar named Ogyû Sorai began to correspond with two young warriors in a small feudal domain in northwestern Japan. The two men, Mizuno Genrò and Hikita Yakara, sent him letters filled with queries about a range of topics—courage, military tactics, the meaning of key Confucian terms, finding talented individuals for the domain’s bureaucracy, economic ...

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Master Sorai’s Responsals

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pp. 33-116

1. I received your request for advice about things that would be beneficial. Although you live in a distant province, I truly feel the intensity of your interest. The Way of the Sages is a broad, great, and infinite affair. If I were to describe the way of the Gentleman, I would say that nothing is more important than Humanity (C. jen, J. jin). Most people interpret Humanity as “Compassion” (C. tz’u-pei, J. jihi), but this is not the best rendering, as there are many kinds of compassion. The ...

Glossary

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pp. 117-124

Index

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pp. 125-131