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On Ethics and History: Essays and Letters of Zhang Xuecheng

Philip J. Ivanhoe


Zhang Xuecheng (1738–1801) has primarily been read as a philosopher of history. This volume presents him as an ethical philosopher with a distinctive understanding of the aims and methods of Confucian self-cultivation. Offered in English translation for the first time, this collection of Zhang's essays and letters should challenge our current understanding of this Qing dynasty philosopher. This book also contains translations of three important essays written by Tang-dynasty Confucian Han Yu and shows how Zhang responded to Han's earlier works. Those with an interest in ethical philosophy, rel ... More

Keywords: Zhang Xuecheng, ethical philosopher, Confucian, self-cultivation, Qing dynasty, Tang dynasty, Han Yu, Chinese thought, Chinese culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804761284
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804761284.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip J. Ivanhoe, author