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On Ethics and HistoryEssays and Letters of Zhang Xuecheng$
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Philip J. Ivanhoe

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761284

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761284.001.0001

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The Principles of Literature

The Principles of Literature

(p.86) Essay 10 The Principles of Literature
On Ethics and History
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This chapter presents the English translation of one of Zhang's essays. This essay analyzes several issues that often occupied neo-Confucian thinkers. The main theme is the nature of great literature; of equal importance, though, are four related questions: how one can develop an appreciation for such literature, how one can teach such appreciation to others, how one can become a great writer, and how one can teach the ability to write well to others. Zhang's primary aim is to argue against any formulaic or mechanical method for learning to appreciate or produce great literature, or for teaching such appreciation or literary artistry to one's students.

Keywords:   Zhang Xuecheng, neo-Confucianism, great literature, teaching, learning

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