Zhu Xi: Selected Writings

ISBN : 9780190861261

Philip J. Ivanhoe
224 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Aug 2019
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This volume contains nine chapters of translation, by a range of leading scholars, focusing on core themes in the philosophy of Zhu Xi (1130-1200), one of the most influential Chinese thinkers of the later Confucian tradition. It includes an Introduction to Zhu's life and thought, a chronology of important events in his life, and a list of key terms of art. Zhu Xi's philosophy offers the most systematic and comprehensive expression of the Confucian tradition; he sought to explain and show the connections between the classics, relate them to a range of contemporary philosophical issues concerning the metaphysical underpinnings of the tradition, and defend Confucianism against competing traditions such as Daoism and Buddhism. He elevated the Four Books-i.e. the Analects, Mengzi, Great Learning, and Doctrine of the Mean-to a new and preeminent position within the Confucian canon and his edition and interpretation of these four texts was adopted as the basis for the Imperial Examination System, which served as the pathway to officialdom and success in traditional Chinese society. Zhu Xi's interpretation remained the orthodox tradition until the collapse of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) and exerted a profound and enduring influence on how Confucianism was understood in Korea, Japan, and Vietnam.


About the Translators
Chronology of Important Events in Zhu Xi's Life
Chapter One: Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Ethics by Philip J. Ivanhoe
Chapter Two: Moral Psychology and Cultivating the Self by Curie Virag
Chapter Three: Politics and Government by Justin Tiwald
Chapter Four: Poetry, Literature, Textual Study, and Hermeneutics by On-cho Ng
Chapter Five: Social Conditions of His Time by Beverly Bossler
Chapter Six: Heaven, Ghosts and Spirits, and Ritual by Hoyt Tillman
Chapter Seven: Criticisms of Buddhism, Daoism, and the Learning of the Heart-mind by Ellen Neskar and Ari Borrell
Chapter Eight: Science and Natural Philosophy by Yung Sik Kim
Chapter Nine: Zhu Xi's Commentarial Work: Abiding in the Mean and the Constant by Daniel Gardner
Key Terms of Art

About the author: 

Philip J. Ivanhoe is Distinguished Chair Professor in the College of Confucian Studies and Eastern Philosophy at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea where he is Director of the Sungkyun Institute for Confucian Studies and East Asian Philosophy and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture. He specializes in East Asian philosophy and religion and their potential for contemporary ethics.

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