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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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Virtue in an Historian

Virtue in an Historian

(p.76) Essay 8 Virtue in an Historian
On Ethics and History
Stanford University Press

This chapter presents the English translation of an essay by Zhang, which describes a distinctive aspect of his view about the more subjective side of proper historical understanding. It seeks explain a special quality or Virtue needed in the person of a good historian. There is a human tendency to regard one's insights as one's personal property, but to do this is to commit a substantial moral error that can be the source of significant, bad consequences, both for oneself and others. Zhang describes this kind of mistake with language taken from the Zhuangzi. He cautions that as one comes to understand the dao, one must be careful not to let the human—i.e., one's efforts to understand the dao—overshadow or interfere with its Heavenly—i.e., natural and spontaneous—character.

Keywords:   Zhang Xuecheng, essay, historical understanding, virtue, historian

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