The Principle 'Li' in the Philosophy of Zhu Xi Essay by Master Researcher

The Principle 'Li' in the Philosophy of Zhu Xi
The paper discusses the philosopher Zhu Xi's concept of Li.
# 87532 | 1,800 words | 4 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Philosophy (Eastern)

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The paper examines the philosopher Zhu Xi's concept of Li, as is central to his synthesis (1130-1200 AD).
The paper firstly explains the meaning of "li" and then continues to discuss how Zhu Xi became an important neo-Confucian reformer whose ideas have lasting importance. A full explanation is given regarding this concept and in relation to the influence of the neo-Confucian movement that spread to Korea and beyond. There is some comparison to Platonism, and a more in-depth discussion of the significance of Zhu Xi's contribution to everyday Chinese thought that is separate from Buddhism and Daoism, and tends to be assumed to be of the neo-Confucian movement.

From the Paper:

"Zhu Xi was a neo-Confucian philosopher to emphasize the principle, or li, as a fundamental reality. He had elaborated the teachings of Cheng Yi that principle is a unity, and became known as the founder of a Cheng-Zhu school or "School of Principle" (li-xue) Zhu Xi's commentaries on Confucius's Annalects, the Book of Mencius, on the Great Learning, and the Doctrine of the Mean, involved remarks on the Four Books as a collection that offered all the individual needed to understand, and he was also noted for his interpretations of the works of other philosophers in Zhou Dun-yi (1017-1073).."

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