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Ci hu shi zhuan’s Interpretations and Applications to “Thinking Without Depravity” (Si Wu Xie)
Yang Jian;School of the Mind, Ci hu shi zhuan;“Thinking without depravity” (si wu xie);“Preface to the Book of Odes” (Shi xu)
|Issue Date: ||2014-12-08T04:18:53Z
“Thinking Without Depravity”(si wu xie) originated from the Jiong chapter in Lu Song. Confucius garbled it to summarize the characteristic of The Book of Odes, and had a well-known adage: “In the Book of Poetry are three hundred pieces, but the design of them all may be embraced in one sentence: ‘thinking without depravity.’” In regards to whether or not si wu xie in Lu Song and The Analects of Confucius are completely synonymous and who the subject is, this topic became an important academic issue in which opinions widely differed. Yang Jian is a famous scholar of The School of the Mind in the Song Dynasty. He emphasized the necessity of “being without the rise of selfishness” (bu qi yi), contending that people must moral instinct in order to recover the purity of the human mind. Using bu qi yi as the foundation, Yang Jian further expounded on Confucius’ Su wu xie concept in The Book of Odes. This paper researches Ci hu shi zhuan’s interpretations and applications to si wu xie, pointing out that Yang Jian not only believes the poets think without degradation, but also that Sage’s words are simple, and the expressions of poems usually exemplifies wu xie as a way of simple direction. If the scholars search for those profound meanings of the poems, they will gain only forced interpretations. Furthermore, Yang Jian made use of the theory of si wu xie in his method of interpreting the poems. On one hand, he took it as the highest objective of interpretation. On the other hand, he checked the results of traditional explanations, including the exegeses and other profound interpretations. This is the most obvious characteristic of Ci hu shi zhuan. Yang Jian made use of The Book of Odes to elucidate his thought of the philosophy of the mind. This is the basic consensus of academia today. This paper thus provides a more indepth and profound understanding on this subject.
|Relation: ||成大中文學報, 41: 113-146|
|Appears in Collections:||[國文學系] 期刊論文|
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