Kogaku (Classical Studies) (古学)
Kogaku was a learning in the Edo-period, and a group of Confucianism. Explained in this section.
It sometimes particularly refers to Seigaku (religious studies).
Kogaku is another name for Kokugaku (the study of Japanese classical literature).
Kogaku (also referred to as Kokaku, and Seigaku) was a learning revived by Soko YAMAGA, and a group of Confucianism. It is a general term for Seigaku, Kogigaku (study of ancient principles) and Kobunjigaku (study of ancient rhetoric school). Kogaku scholars studied directly and empirically those Buddhist scriptures such as Rongo (Analects of Confucius), without relying on the interpretations of later generations. Their empirical research attitude had an impact on Kokugaku (the study of Japanese classical literature) and other fields.