Abstract

It is argued here that the function of the well-field system of land ownership is consistent with the role of ritual propriety in Zhang Zai’s philosophy of qi 氣, which emphasizes the realization of a great harmony; a state of vital, affective harmony and equilibrium. In other words, this configuration of land works to realize economic equity, a means to the further end of producing and sustaining equilibrium and harmony among members of a community, and this, I argue, is also the function of ritual propriety.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 856-865
Launched on MUSE
2014-11-05
Open Access
No
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