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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’s Choice Between Philosophy and Philology

Dai Zhen’s Choice Between Philosophy and Philology

(p.57) 3. Dai Zhen’s Choice Between Philosophy and Philology
Chinese History and Culture

Ying-shih Yü

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

This study examines philosophy (moral principles) and philology (evidential investigation) as the two basic constituent elements in Dai’s system of Confucian learning. It shows that for Dai his philology and his philosophy were inseparable. His philosophy is seen as an inevitable outgrowth of his philology and his philology was close to the Confucian Dao and thus necessary to a correct understanding of Confucian moral philosophy.

Keywords:   Neo-Confucianism, yili, moral principles, philosophy, kaozheng, philology, Mengzi, qing, yu

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