Head of the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Sydney. Specialist of Neo-Confucianisme and premodern Japan.
Teached at Waseda University at Tôkyô, and published numerous articles about the history of ideas in pre-modern Japan; author of L’empire du rite, la pensée politique d’Ogyû Sorai (Droz, 1998, rééd. 2010) and Une modernité indigène (Les Belles Lettres, collection Japon, Paris 2013).
Now at the Sydney University, Olivier ANSART carries out research on Japanese and East Asian intellectual history, focusing particularly on the political theories of Japanese Confucian thinkers of 18th century. He lectures on early modern Japanese history, the Tokugawa period, as well as social and political issues of contemporary Japan.
This book goes against conventional ideas. It proposes to show that, if Japan adopted the values and vocabulary of Confucianism, still these were powerless to fundamentally change the Japanese society. Having stayed away from the sinicized world, Japan has never followed but its own traditions, even when expressed in the prestigious vocabulary of Confucianism.
Publication date : June 2015, French and English, paperbook and e-book versions.
Round Table discussion organised by the RICCI Institute in Paris, 5th June 2015.
Round Table discussion on 5th June 2015 in Paris at the Institut RICCI.