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Title:Confucian purism and Han Learning: Hui Dong's commentary on Taishang Ganyingpian
Author(s):Du, Patrick
Advisor(s):Chow, Kai-Wing
Contributor(s):Shao, Dan; Chen, Jingling
Department / Program:E. Asian Languages & Cultures
Discipline:East Asian Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Confucian pursim
Han Learning
Morality book
Abstract:Abstract This thesis examines Hui Dong’s commentary on Taishang Ganyingpian. Under the influence of Confucian purism, writing a commentary on a Daoist morality book seems improbable for Hui Dong, the most influential scholar of Confucian Classical learning in mid-Qing China. On the contrary, I argue that Hui’s commentary can be analyzed to illustrate the profound impact of Confucian purism and Han learning. First, a close examination of Taishang Ganyingpian and its prototype indicates that they contain a great number of Confucian elements despite its Daoist origins. The major divergence between Hui Dong and Song scholars is hidden behind the similar ethical codes. I argue that driven by Confucian purism, in the commentary Hui sought to exclude heterodox texts such as Buddhist Sutras and Neo-Confucian texts. He reaffirms the ethical values in the treatise with quotations from the Confucian Classics. They are now authenticated as Confucian values uncontaminated in Hui’s purist view. Hui Dong also adopted Han scholars’ idea to explain the core concept “ganying” of Taishang Ganyingpian, which shows a major divergence from Song scholars. By studying Hui’s commentary, we can gain a better understanding of the impact of Confucian purism and Han learning on Hui Dong’s scholarship and moral values beyond Classical learning.
Issue Date:2020-07-24
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Patrick Du
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-10-07
Date Deposited:2020-08

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