Chikuro Hiroike (1866-1938), the founder of Moralogy, started his career as a local teacher in Nakatsu in the southern island of Kyushu. In his mid-twenties he moved from Nakatsu to Kyoto, where he deepened his study of history and began publishing a monthly journal, History for the Layman. He then moved on to Tokyo in 1894 at the age of 29 to take part in the national project of compiling the Encyclopedia of Ancient Things Japanese and developed further his special field of the history of oriental law. He received a doctoral degree in law in 1912 for his pioneering work in this field.
Hiroike accomplished great scholastic feats in every field he was involved in, but his hard work over many years resulted in serious illness, to the point that he almost died in 1912. This critical condition made him seriously examine the meaning of his whole past. As a result, he decided to totally re-orient his life course, devoting his knowledge, power and his whole life, if prolonged, to the study of the ways and principles to realize true peace and happiness for the whole of humankind. He survived the critical moment and lived on for more than twenty years, working to clarify the path to a truly moral life.