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

Richard Bowring


In Search of the Way is a history of intellectual and religious developments in Japan during the Tokugawa period, 1582–1860. It begins with an explanation of the fate of Christianity, and goes on to cover the changing nature of the relationship between Buddhism and secular authority, new developments in Shintō, and the growth of a consciousness of ‘being Japanese’; but the main emphasis is on the process by which Neo-Confucianism from Song and Ming China captured the imagination of the intellectual class and informed debate throughout the period. The narrative is divided into three sections, b ... More

Keywords: Japan, Tokugawa period, intellectual history, Japanese Buddhism, Neo-Confucianism, Shinto, Jesuits in Japan, shoguns, kokugaku, Japanese culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198795230
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198795230.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Bowring, author
Professor Emeritus of Japanese Studies, University of Cambridge