Historical Who is Who
1618 - 1682
Influential Japanese moral philosopher, drawing on Buddhist (which he rejected), Confucian and Shinto traditions to create Suiga/Suika Shinto. Human life should be tuned into the rhythm of cosmic moral principles, including deference to ruling powers in both family and nation. Loyalty to both self and others is fundamental, but he did not see the consequences of hierarchical ordering as developed in the later extremities of State Imperialism. In immediate personal terms, the abrasiveness of his scrupulous sense of propriety lost him followers and friends during his own lifetime.