Moral psychology and cultivating the self

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Abstract

This chapter offers a selection of writings concerning Zhu Xi’s account of the psychological workings of human beings that explains how their nature (xing性‎), heart-mind (xin心‎), and the feelings (qing情‎) are integrated with one another. It also includes material that addresses Zhu’s naturalistic explanation of moral capacity of humans and the proper course and method of self-cultivation. Zhu’s moral psychology presents a “synthesis” of the various cosmological and ethical ideas forwarded by his Northern Song neo-Confucian predecessors. He argued that by conceptualizing and embodying the all-pervading pattern-principle of things in the world one achieved integrity and unity in one’s own person, thereby fully realizing one’s humanity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationZhu Xi
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Writings
EditorsPhilip J. Ivanhoe
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter2
Pages35-55
ISBN (Print)9780190861261
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameOxford Chinese Thought
PublisherOxford University Press

Keywords

  • nature
  • heart-mind
  • feelings
  • desires
  • learning
  • meditation

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