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Hsieh Liang-tso and the Analects of Confucius: Humane Learning as a Religious Quest

Selover, Thomas W.



Hsieh Liang-tso (c.1050–c.1120, known as master Shang-ts’ai) was one of the leaders of the Confucian revival known as Neo-Confucianism in Northern Sung China. Hsieh was a direct disciple of Ch'eng Hao and Ch'eng I, the two brothers who were the early central figures of the movement. He was among the first to recognize and follow the insights of the Ch'eng brothers as definitive of the authentic Confucian tradition, a recognition that became the conviction of the majority of later Confucian scholars and practitioners. In the present book, Thomas W. Selover presents a focused analysis of the core value of Confucian thought — jen (humanity) — through an investigation of Hsieh Liang-tso's analysis of the Analects of Confucius. Hsieh's interpretation of jen as chueh (awareness, sensitivity) is controversial within Confucian circles because it raises far-reaching questions about the relationship between knowledge or wisdom and humaneness or kindness. Selover argues that Hsieh's handling of key issues in interpreting and applying the Confucian Analects — his experiential reasoning and his deference to scriptural classics and earlier tradition — bear important similarities to the practice of theology in Western religious traditions. The volume also contains a partial translation of Hsieh's commentary on the Analects, as well as a foreword by the renowned scholar of Confucianism, Tu Wei-ming.

Additional Information

  • Hardback
  • 198 Pages
  • Published: January 2005
  • ISBN: 0195156102
  • Series: Academy

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