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Approximately fifteen hundred years after Confucius, his ideas reasserted themselves in the formulation of a sophisticated program of personal self-cultivation. Neo-Confucians argued that humans are endowed with empathy and goodness at birth, an assumption now confirmed by evolutionary biologists. By following the Great Learning—eight steps in the process of personal development—Neo-Confucians showed how this innate endowment could provide the foundation for living morally. Neo-Confucian students did not follow a single manual elaborating each step of the Great Learning; instead they were exposed to age-appropriate texts, commentaries, and anthologies of Neo-Confucian thinkers, which gradually made clear the sequential process of personal development and its connection to social order. Neo-Confucian Self-Cultivation opens up in accessible prose the content of the eight-step process for today’s reader as it examines the source of mainstream Neo-Confucian self-cultivation and its major crosscurrents from 1000 to 1900.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Editor’s Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Dynastic Periods in Chinese History
  2. p. xv
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  1. Preface
  2. p. xvii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xxi-xxxii
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  1. Part I Neo-Confucianism, 1000–1400
  2. p. 1
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  1. Chapter 1 Song Dynasty Neo-Confucianism
  2. pp. 3-19
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  1. Chapter 2 Neo-Confucian Education
  2. pp. 20-34
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  1. Part II The Great Learning and the Eight Steps to Personal Cultivation
  2. p. 35
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  1. Chapter 3 The First Five Steps of Personal Cultivation
  2. pp. 37-60
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  1. Chapter 4 The Three Steps of Social Development
  2. pp. 61-72
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  1. Part III Self-Cultivation Upgrades: The Fifteenth Century through the Nineteenth Century
  2. p. 73
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  1. Chapter 5 Reforms in Neo-Confucianism: The Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries
  2. pp. 75-86
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  1. Chapter 6 The Nineteenth-Century Synthesis in Confucian Learning
  2. pp. 87-108
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  1. Legacies
  2. pp. 109-112
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  1. Appendix Chronology of Works and Thinkers with the Sequence for Reading the Four Books Indicated
  2. pp. 113-114
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 115-118
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  1. Further Readings
  2. pp. 119-124
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 125-132
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824860233
Print ISBN
9780824834968
MARC Record
OCLC
794925357
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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