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What is "Moralogy"?
Moralogy is a technical term coined by Chikuro Hiroike from the Latin word mores (meaning morality) and the suffix -logy (meaning science), to designate his conception of a new science of morals. Moralogy aspires to be a comprehensive human science that, on the one hand, encompasses the study of ethics and morals as these exist in the world today while, on the other, developing and offering guidelines for human beings to live in a better way, based on research into a wide variety of topics concerning humankind, society, and nature.
What kind of person is the founder?
Chikuro Hiroike (1866-1938), the founder of Moralogy, started his career as a teacher in Nakatsu on the western island of Kyushu. In his mid-twenties, he moved to Kyoto, where he intensified his study of history and began publishing a monthly journal, "History for the Layman." He then moved to Tokyo in 1894 at the age of 29 to participate in a national project of compiling "The Encyclopedia of Ancient Things in Japanese." At the same time, he achieved mastery in oriental legal history and received a doctoral degree in law in 1912 for his pioneering work in this field.
Hiroike accomplished great scholarly feats in every field in which he involved, but his hard work over many years seriously damaged his health to the border of death in 1912. This crisis impelled him to reflect with the utmost seriousness on the meaning of his existence to that point, leading him to a commitment that should he survive, he would re-orient his life totally; he vowed to devote his entire being, all his knowledge and strength, to the study of the methods and principles needed for true peace and happiness for the whole of humankind. He survived his illness and lived on for more than twenty years, working to clarify the path to a truly moral life.
Is it a religion?
Religion is one of an important research theme, but Moralogy itself is not a religion. It is a comprehensive human science with research on ethics and moral which offers the academic advice to the society about the importance of morality.
How is the activity sustained?
It is supported by an annual membership fee of approximately 44,000 supporting members, donation income, and various business income (courses/seminar fee, publications, etc.).
I heard that there are affiliated organizations such as school corporations?
There is a sister school corporation, "The Hiroike Institute of Education." There are Reitaku University, Reitaku Junior and Senior High School, and Reitaku Kindergarten in Kashiwa, Chiba, and there are Reitaku Mizunami Junior and Senior High School in Mizunami, Gifu. In addition, there are Nihon Dohkei Kai, General Incorporated Association, and Reitaku Overseas Development Association as our affiliated organization.
What kind of activities are you conducting?
We promote social moralization through periodical publications, books, lectures, and seminars on morals.