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Ying-shih Yü

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178587

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178587.001.0001

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Morality and Knowledge in Zhu Xi’s Philosophical System

Morality and Knowledge in Zhu Xi’s Philosophical System

Chapter:
(p.181) 9. Morality and Knowledge in Zhu Xi’s Philosophical System
Source:
Chinese History and Culture
Author(s):

Ying-shih Yü

, Josephine Chiu-Duke, Michael S. Duke
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231178587.003.0009

This essay shows that morality took precedence over knowledge in Zhu Xi’s philosophical system. But, it is argued, this is only true on the practical, pedagogic level, not on the general theoretical level. It is further argued that in Zhu Xi’s system, morality is never allowed to interfere directly with the operation of gewu or zhizhi, that is, the pursuit of concrete knowledge

Keywords:   Zhu Xi, zun dexing, dao wenxue, gewu, zhizhi, seriousness, li, principle

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