Cheng-Zhu Confucianism in the Early Qing: Li Guangdi (1642-1718) and Qing Learning

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SUNY Press, Feb 22, 2001 - History - 258 pages
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This first book-length study of the Cheng-Zhu School of Confucianism in the early Qing period explores the thought of Li Guangdi, a powerful official in the court of the Kangxi emperor. On-cho Ng undertakes close readings of Li’s ideas of ultimate truths and first principles, while situating them in the context of the intellectual concerns of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century China. Addressing philosophical issues neglected in scholarship on early Qing learning, the author offers a new angle from which to view the Ming-Qing intellectual transition and the formation of early Qing thought. He argues that Cheng-Zhu learning, far from being out of step with the epochal climate of thought because of its putative preoccupation with the ultimate and the transcendent, was actually a dated reflection of, and active contributor to, early Qing thought. By tracing the contour and development of Li Guangdi’s thought formulated within the bounds of inherited Cheng-Zhu teachings, this book reveals how philosophic discourses in traditional China were often dynamic, hermeneutic endeavors of reinterpreting and renewing received tradition.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Philosophical Dimension of the MingQing Intellectual Transition
13
The Life of a ScholarOfficial
51
General Theory Metaphysics and Metapraxis
69
The Ontology of Xing Nature and Its Metapractical Import
101
Reading the Classics Hermeneutics and Philosophy
131
Vita Activa Action in the Political and Social Realms
163
Concluding Reflections
195
Notes
205
Glossary of Transliterations
237
Selected Bibliography of Works Cited
243
Index
255
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On-cho Ng is Associate Professor of History at The Pennsylvania State University, and coeditor of Imagining Boundaries: Changing Confucian Doctrines, Texts, and Hermeneutics, also published by SUNY Press.

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