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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

ISSN 1673-3436

ISSN 1673-355X(Online)

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Front. Philos. China    2006, Vol. 1 Issue (2) : 204-221     DOI: 10.1007/s11466-006-0003-x
The ontologicalization of the Confucian concept of Xin Xing: Zhou Lianxi’s founding contribution to the Song-Ming Neo-Confucianism
Li Jinglin
School of Philosophy and Sociology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China;
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Abstract  The Confucian concept of cheng  (integrity) emphasizes logical priority of value realization over zhen shi  (reality or truth). Through value realization and the completion of being, zhenshi can be achieved. Cheng demonstrates the original unity of value and reality. Taking the concept of cheng as the core, Zhou Lianxi s philosophy interpreted yi Da (the Dao of change), and integrated Yi Jing (The Book of Changes) and Zhong Yong (The Doctrine of the Mean). On the one hand?it ontologicalized the Confucian concept of xin xing (mind nature), and proved and established the significance of Dao ti(the ontological Dao) as the principle and origin of the utmost goodness. On the other hand, it also extended the significance of value realization to the process of qi hua (transformation of qi) and transformation of myriad things. He proved li yi (the One Principle) of Dao ti from its many manifestations and established his own metaphysical system. Zhou Lianxi s philosophy sets up a new theoretical direction for the Song-Ming Confucians to reconstruct Confucian Metaphysics.
Issue Date: 05 June 2006
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