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Yangzhou School—the Elite of Qian-jia Scholarship: Ruan Yuan’s Achievements in Confucian Classics and the Reconstruction of Confucian Ethics
Yangzhou school;Meanings derived from pronunciation;Neo-Confucian philosophy in Qian-jia;Controlling of desires;Mutual respect
|Issue Date: ||2015-07-23T10:02:24Z
Qian-jia scholarship excelled both in textology and Confucian philosophy where Yangzhou scholarship developed both learnings in the spirit of great erudition and innovation. Ruan Yuan was among the top Yangzhou scholars in both textology and Confucian philosophy. Based on the premise, the author presents Yangzhou school as the essential elements in Qian-jia scholarship while investigates the common style of Yangzhou school and Qian-jia scholarship. However, the style was not particularly prevalent at the time. The argument starts off by building bridges among “Qian-jia scholarship,” “Yangzhou school” and “Ruan Yuan” in section 1; section 2 describes Ruan Yuan’s contribution to Qian-jia scholarship with his “collections and preservations of classic literatures”; section 3 depicts Ruan Yuan’s achievements promoting Qian-jia scholarship in Chinese semantics which include “meanings derived from pronunciation” in etymology, verification of terms, proofreading of ancient books and epigraphy; section 4 illustrates the increasing depth of Ruan Yuan’s “Neo-Confucian philosophy” which consists of Ruan Yuan’s Taoist concepts of wares, controlling of desires, “mutual respect” in Confucian ethics (theory of ren) and conclusion. It is intended to have a glimpse at the relations among Yangzhou school, Qian-jia textology and Neo-Confucian philosophy.
|Relation: ||彰化師範大學文學院學報, 9: 123-150|
|Appears in Collections:||[文學院學報] 第九期|
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