An Intellectual Debate: Ueda Akinari and Motoori Norinaga

Meghan McLaughlin


This intellectual biography examines the conflict between 18th-century Tokugawa Japan scholars of the Kokugaku tradition Ueda Akinari and Motoori Norinaga by juxtaposing the thoughts and ideas of the two men. The dispute shows us what was truly at stake for these two scholarly figures: the importance of ancient Japanese texts and Japan’s role as a world power during the Tokugawa period.


Japan; Tokugawa Period


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