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The Religious Thought of Chu Hsi - Julia Ching

The Religious Thought of Chu Hsi

Paperback Published: 1st November 2000
ISBN: 9780195091892
Number Of Pages: 360

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Recognized as one of the greatest philosophers in classical China, Chu Hsi (1130-1200) is known in the West primarily through translations of one of his many works, the Chin-ssu Lu. In this book, Julia Ching offers the first book-length examination of Chu Hsi's religious thought, based on extensive reading of both primary and secondary sources.
Ching begins by providing an introduction to Chu's twelfth-century intellectual context. She then examines Chu's natural philosophy, looking in particular at the ideas of the Great Ultimate and at spirits and deities and the rituals that honor them. Next, Ching considers Chu's interpretation of human nature and the emotions, highlighting the mystical thrust of the theoretical and practical teachings of spiritual cultivation and meditation. She discusses Chu's philosophical disputes with his contemporariesin particular Lu Chiu-yuanand examines his relationship to Buddhism and Taoism. In the final chapters, Ching looks at critiques of Chu during his lifetime and after and evaluates the relevance of his thinking in terms of contemporary needs and problems. This clearly written and highly accessible study also offers translations of some of Chu's most important philosophical poems, filling a major gap in the fields of both Chinese philosophy and religion.

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"Ching's impressive book does us two important favors. First, we now have an invaluable one-volume English language guide to the major lineaments of Zhu Xi's philosophy. Second, although the question Zhu raises may no longer be those that most of us wake up to every morning, and toss in bed to solve most nights, they are not irrelevant questions that concerned only the fusty and priggish few. Ching reminds us that it never hurts to contemplate and pursue the transcendent through gritty human experiences and vulnerabilities, as Zhu Xi did." --Book Reviews China "Ching's impressive book does us two important favors. First, we now have an invaluable one-volume English language guide to the major lineaments of Zhu Xi's philosophy. Second, although the question Zhu raises may no longer be those that most of us wake up to every morning, and toss in bed to solve most nights, they are not irrelevant questions that concerned only the fusty and priggish few. Ching reminds us that it never hurts to contemplate and pursue the transcendent through gritty human experiences and vulnerabilities, as Zhu Xi did." --Book Reviews China "One of the best works, if not the best, so far written in English on Chu Hsi (Zhu Xi). This book must be regarded as a milestone in the presentation of Chu Hsia in the western world and an indispensable reference for further and future research on Chu Hsi in the English-speaking world."-The Journal of the American Academy of Religion

The World of Thought in Chu Hsi's Timep. 3
The Great Ultimate (T'ai-chi)p. 32
Spiritual Beings (Kuei-shen)p. 54
Rituals (Li[superscript c])p. 72
Human Nature (Jen-hsing) and the Ethics of Perfectibilityp. 91
Personal Cultivation (Hsiu-sheng)p. 112
Philosophical Disputes with Lu Chiu-yuanp. 132
Chu Hsi and Taoismp. 152
Chu Hsi and Buddhismp. 171
Chu Hsi's Criticsp. 190
Chu Hsi's Relevancep. 209
A Chronology of Chu Hsi's Life and Worksp. 231
Some Controversies over Chou Tun-yi's Diagram of the Great Ultimatep. 235
Chu Hsi and Whitehead: God and the Worldp. 243
An Explanation of Key Termsp. 259
Notesp. 263
Glossaryp. 309
Selected Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780195091892
ISBN-10: 0195091892
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st November 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.72 x 16.2  x 2.82
Weight (kg): 0.76

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