Chu Hsi and His Masters: An Introduction to Chu Hsi and the Sung School of Chinese Philosophy

Chu Hsi and His Masters: An Introduction to Chu Hsi and the Sung School of Chinese Philosophy

Chu Hsi and His Masters: An Introduction to Chu Hsi and the Sung School of Chinese Philosophy

Chu Hsi and His Masters: An Introduction to Chu Hsi and the Sung School of Chinese Philosophy

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This volume has grown out of what in its inception was intended to be an Introduction to my translation of the Philosophy of Human Nature by Chu Hsi. It was found necessary, however, to include a large amount of material which might have been omitted but for the almost entire absence of literature accessible to English readers bearing on the subject. The "Introduction" thus grew to such proportions, and was so widened in its scope, that it became advisable to publish it as a separate work complete in itself.

With regard to its aim and scope, it has long been felt that in our sinological literature there is need for a work, or works, which will focus the philosophical conceptions of the Chinese people, as distinguished from the ethical teachings found in the Classics on the one hand, and from the religious beliefs and folk-lore of the country on the other. The importance of the Sung School from this point of view is shown in the following pages. As I have pointed out in the companion volume referred to above, to those who have lived in China it is of no small interest to find, when they study the writings of these philosophers, that on almost every page are modes of thought and expression which to this day are to be observed among all classes of the people. Present-day Confucianism--that is, the system of ethical and metaphysical . . .

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