In Search of the Way: Thought and Religion in Early-Modern Japan, 1582-1860

Hardcover | December 31, 2016

byRichard Bowring

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In Search of the Way is a history of intellectual and religious developments in Japan during the Tokugawa period, covering the years 1582-1860. It begins with an explanation of the fate of Christianity, and proceeds to cover the changing nature of the relationship between Buddhism and secularauthority, new developments in Shinto, and the growth of 'Japanese studies'. The main emphasis, however, is on the process by which Neo-Confucianism captured the imagination of the intellectual class and informed debate throughout the period. This process was expressed in terms of a never-endingsearch for the Way, a mode and pattern of existence that could provide not only order for society at large, but self-fulfilment for the individual. The narrative traces how ideas and attitudes changed through time, and is based on the premise that the Tokugawa period is important in and of itself,not merely as a backdrop to the Meiji Restoration of 1868.

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In Search of the Way is a history of intellectual and religious developments in Japan during the Tokugawa period, covering the years 1582-1860. It begins with an explanation of the fate of Christianity, and proceeds to cover the changing nature of the relationship between Buddhism and secularauthority, new developments in Shinto, and ...

Richard Bowring graduated from the University of Cambridge with first class honours in Japanese in 1968, and a PhD in 1973. He has taught at Monash University, Columbia University, Princeton University, and the University of Cambridge, taking retirement in 2013. He was made an Honorary Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge in 2013, and ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 31, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: 1582-16801. From Hideyoshi to Ietsuna2. The Fate of Christianity3. Creating a New Order4. The Confucian Turn5. Two Individualists6. The Way of the Kami7. The Way of the Warrior8. The Way of ManPart II: 1680-17869. From Tsunayoshi to Ieharu10. The Encouragement of Learning11. Recasting the Chinese Mould12. Matters of Faith13. The Way of the Former Kings14. Contesting Confucian ValuesPart III: 1786-186015. From Ienari to Iemochi16. Competing Visions of the Future17. In Search of Times Past18. A New Kind of Shinto19. A Time for Action20. Retrospect