Ta Hsueh and Chung Yung: (The Highest Order of Cultivation and On the Practice of the Mean)

Overview

Ta Hsüeh (Daxue) and Chung Yung (Zhongyong) are two of the central texts of early Chinese thought, encapsulating the Confucian philosophy of the Way of moral cultivation and spiritual attainment. Traditionally held to be the work of two of Confucius’s closest disciples, the books were compiled in their present form late in the second or first century bce and have occupied a central position in educational, political, and cultural life throughout East Asia for almost a thousand years. The texts focus on the ...

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Overview

Ta Hsüeh (Daxue) and Chung Yung (Zhongyong) are two of the central texts of early Chinese thought, encapsulating the Confucian philosophy of the Way of moral cultivation and spiritual attainment. Traditionally held to be the work of two of Confucius’s closest disciples, the books were compiled in their present form late in the second or first century bce and have occupied a central position in educational, political, and cultural life throughout East Asia for almost a thousand years. The texts focus on the connection between internal self-cultivation and the external realization of one’s moral core in the fulfillment of the practical aims of Confucian life: the observance of ritual, the proper conduct of personal relationships, and the grand enterprise of maintaining order in the state and the world.

  • Includes introduction, chronological table, suggestions for further reading, notes, and appendices on basic concepts and method of argument
  • These two texts complete the set of the four Confucian classics in Penguin Classics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140447842
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/25/2004
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,231,426
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.89 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Plaks is a professor of East Asian studies at Princeton University.

Xinzhong Yao is a professor of religion and ethics at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

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Table of Contents

Ta Hsüeh and Chung Yung Preface
Chronological Table of Chinese History
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Translations

Ta Hsüeh The Highest Order of Cultivation

Chung Yung On the Practice of the Mean

Notes
Ta Hsüeh
Structural Analysis
The Integral Argument
Reader's Notes

Chung Yung
Structural Analysis
The Integral Argument
Reader's Notes

Appendix I. Further Discussion of Basic Concepts
Appendix II. Use of Proof-texts
Appendix III. Textual History of the Ta Hsüeh and Chung Yung

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