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Ying-shih Yü

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178600

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178600.001.0001

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Dai Zhen and the Zhu Xi Tradition

Dai Zhen and the Zhu Xi Tradition

(p.40) 2. Dai Zhen and the Zhu Xi Tradition
Chinese History and Culture

Ying-shih Yü

, Josephine Chiu-Duke, Michael S. Duke
Columbia University Press

This essay focuses on Dai Zhen (1724-1777)’s relation to Zhu Xi (1130-1200). It demonstrates why it is most reasonable to take Dai Zhen as an ideal example of the Ming-Qing intellectual shift of emphasis in Neo-Confucianism from the moral element (zun dexing) to the intellectual element (dao wenxue). It further argues that this shift made it perfectly legitimate for Dai Zhen, a philosophical follower of Zhu Xi, to be at the same time philologically critical of him.

Keywords:   Dai Zhen, Zhu Xi, Neo-Confucianism, Kaozheng, gewu, zhizhi, zhixing heyi, li

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