Confucian Moral Self Cultivation

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Hackett Publishing, 2000 - Religion - 125 pages
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A concise and accessible introduction to the evolution of the concept of moral self-cultivation in the Chinese Confucian tradition, this volume begins with an explanation of the pre-philosophical development of ideas central to this concept, followed by an examination of the specific treatment of self cultivation in the philosophy of Kongzi ("Confucius"), Mengzi ("Mencius"), Xunzi, Zhu Xi, Wang Yangming, Yan Yuan and Dai Zhen. In addition to providing a survey of the views of some of the most influential Confucian thinkers on an issue of fundamental importance to the tradition, Ivanhoe also relates their concern with moral self-cultivation to a number of topics in the Western ethical tradition. Bibliography and index are included.

 

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Contents

Kongzi Confucius
1
Mengzi Mencius
15
Xunzi
29
Zhu Xi
43
Wang Yangming
59
Yan Yuan
75
Dai Zhen
89
Conclusion
101
Works Cited
105
Index of Names
118
Index of Subjects
121
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Philip J. Ivanhoe is Reader-Professor of Philosophy, City University of Hong Kong.

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