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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

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Front Phil Chin    2008, Vol. 3 Issue (4) : 502-519     DOI: 10.1007/s11466-008-0032-8
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A study on the theory of “returning to the original” and “recovering nature” in Chinese philosophy
XIANG Shiling
School of Philosophy; School of Classics, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
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The approach of returning to the original and recovering nature is a typical characteristic of Chinese philosophy. It was founded by the Daoist School and followed by both Daoist and Confucian schools. The precondition of returning to the original and recovering nature is the stillness and goodness within nature integrated into a whole afterwards. Its implementation includes not only returning to the original root so as to achieve the philosophical aim but also restoration to the original nature after it is injured by man’s physical nature and desire. The realization of human nature depends on the work making up for the loss of the original nature. Although there are different methods of realization concerning the return to the original nature, such as returning to the root, seeking the lost mind, extinguishing desire, being good at return, and the self-consciousness of intuitive knowledge, all of these aim at returning to the original nature of stillness and purity. The philosophical value consists in the unceasing pursuit of returning to the original nature.

Keywords Chinese philosophy      returning to the original and recovering nature      seeking the lost mind     
Corresponding Authors: XIANG Shiling,   
Issue Date: 05 December 2008
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