On Li Zhi’s Theory of Growing up in Spirit

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 1 (1):92-101 (2005)
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The theory of growing up in spirit is the core of Li Zhi's thought. The theory attempts to get rid of the limit of the rigid ethical doctrine of Confucianism and to encourage growth in a helpful person for the benefit of the country, which demands both a free environment of society and enough courage and insight of the individual. At the same time, the criterion of growing up in spirit indicates the limitation of Li Zhi's thought. His free exploration, however, provides various revelations for us



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