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Imagining HarmonyPoetry, Empathy, and Community in Mid-Tokugawa Confucianism and Nativism$
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Peter Flueckiger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761574

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761574.001.0001

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Nature, Culture, and Society in Confucian Literary Thought

Nature, Culture, and Society in Confucian Literary Thought

Chinese Traditions and Their Early Tokugawa Reception

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(p.33) One Nature, Culture, and Society in Confucian Literary Thought
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Imagining Harmony
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804761574.003.0002

This chapter argues that it was Song Confucianism, especially the philosophy of Zhu Xi, that most often became the basis for Confucian interpretations of poetry and other literary writings in the early Tokugawa period. It describes different facets of Zhu Xi's philosophy, In order to highlight the distinctive characteristics of Zhu Xi's approach to the Odes and to literature more generally, this chapter first examines the Mao tradition that it displaced. Then, it discusses Tokugawa critics of Zhu Xi and how new views of literature, with an equal claim to being Confucian, could be generated out of critiques of Zhu Xi.

Keywords:   Zhu Xi's philosophy, Odes, Mao tradition, Song Confucianism, early Tokugawa period

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