Though Nakae began his studies of Confucianism with devoted attention to the school of Zhu Xi, he later shifted to a focus and dedication to the Wang Yangming (J: Ôyômei) school of thought. He is said to have been particularly interested in "Wang's notions of extending one's intuitive knowledge (ryôchi, C: liang zhi) and of unity of knowledge and action."
Kumazawa Banzan was among Nakae's most prominent disciples.
- Arai Hakuseki, Joyce Ackroyd (trans.), Told Round a Brushwood Fire, University of Tokyo Press (1979), 282n61.
- David Lu, Japan: A Documentary History, ME Sharpe (1997), 245.