Inoue Tetsujirō

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In this Japanese name, the family name is "Inoue".
Inoue Tetsujirō.

Inoue Tetsujirō (井上 哲次郎?, February 1, 1855 – December 7, 1944) was a Japanese philosopher who condemned Christianity as incompatible with Japanese culture and considered its followers "inherently disloyal" to Japan. He compiled A Dictionary of Philosophy (哲学字彙, Tetsugaku jii), which was first published in 1881, again in 1884, and finally in 1912.

He was also a member of the International Education Movement. He wrote a commentary on Japan's Imperial Rescript on Education, wherein he encouraged the Japanese people to support the state and imperialism.[1] Inoue's support of imperialism established him as opposed to the ideas of other proponents of International Education, such as Shimonaka Yasaburo, Noguchi Entaro, and Izumi Tetsu.

Chinese poems[edit]

After graduating from Tokyo Imperial University he composed Chinese poems, one of which was "White Aster".


  1. ^ Dummings, William E. Education and Equality in Japan. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ; 1970.
  • Eddy Dufourmont.Is Confucianism philosophy ? The answers of Inoue Tetsujirô and Nakae Chômin, in Nakajima Takahiro ed.,Whither Japanese Philosophy? II Reflections through other Eyes (UTCP Booklet 14), 2010, p. 71-89.

External links[edit]

Les Sectes bouddhiques japonaises, E.Steinilber-Oberlin, K. Matsuo, Paris 1930, pp. 293/4