Reading Zhongyong as a Gongfu instruction: Comments on Focusing the familiar

Roger Ames and David Hall’s Focusing the Falimiar makes a significant contribution to revealing the holistic and dynamic worldview entailed in the Confucian classic--the Zhongyong. Yet their emphasis on metaphysics eclipses an important dimension of the book—the “gongfu” (kungfu) instruction dimension. In this paper, the author first explains this concern by discussing Ames’ and Hall’s translation of the key terms of the book, namely “zhong,” “yong,” and “cheng.” Then he shows that their work, though falls short of revealing the gongfu dimension, has laid the groundwork for taking the further step.
Keywords zhongyong  gongfu  sincerity  Confucianism  translation
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DOI 10.1007/BF02856662
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