Research Project


The Interpretation and Overseas Dissemination of Zhu Xi's Yi-ology

Keyan Liu

As a great master of Neo-Confucianism of the Song and Ming dynasties in China, Zhu Xi enjoys a sublime position in the history of Chinese philosophy. Yi-ology, as an important part of Zhu Xi’s philosophical thought, is one of the foci of the studies of Zhu Xi’s philosophical thought in China. Nowadays, domestic studies on Zhu Xi’s Yi-ology have begun to emerge. There exists a series of monographs and papers in China that have analyzed and interpreted Zhu Xi’s Yi-ology in a modern way in terms of its inheritance, formative causes, and the creative ideas associated with it, but this analysis and interpretation remains mainly limited to the cultural circles of East Asia as, in China, few scholars are in a position to examine Zhu Xi’s Yi-ology or the entire Yi-ology through undertaking a comparison between China and the West. Internationally, meanwhile, the study of Zhu Xi’s Yi-ology has yielded some results. The relevant research projects all clarify several of the obscure concepts within Chinese Yi-ology by comparing the answers to similar traditional cultural resources within Western civilization, and hence discuss: the relationship between rationality and Yi-ology; the influence of the view of destiny on the tradition of Chinese Yi-ology in modern times and the resultant problems; and the traditional role played by Yi-ology in politics and other issues, at a relatively high academic level. The research on these studies can enlighten the research on Zhu Xi’s Yi-ology, giving it a more international outlook and time sensitivity.

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