Three Streams: Confucian Reflections on Learning and the Moral Heart-Mind in China, Korea, and Japan

New York: Oxford University Press USA (2016)
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Abstract

Recent interest in Confucianism has a tendency to suffer from essentialism and idealism, manifested in a variety of ways. One example is to think of Confucianism in terms of the views attributed to one representative of the tradition, such as Kongzi or Mengzi or one school or strand of the tradition, most often the strand or tradition associated with Mengzi or, in the later tradition, that formed around the commentaries and interpretation of Zhu Xi. Another such tendency is to think of Confucianism in terms of its manifestations in only one country; this is almost always China for the obvious reasons that China is one of the most powerful and influential states in the world today. A third tendency is to present Confucianism in terms of only one period or moment in the tradition; for example, among ethical and political philosophers, pre-Qin Confucianism-usually taken to be the writings attributed to Kongzi, Mengzi, and, if we are lucky, Xunzi -often is taken as

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The Western philosophical tradition has been revealingly described as “a series of footnotes to Plato.” This generalization highlights the ways in which much of the later Western tradition followed themes and approaches first described by this early Greek philosopher. Mengzi did not share ... see more

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