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The Logic Structure of Zhu Xi, As Seen Through Li

  • JOURNAL OF CHINESE STUDIES
  • 2019, (66), pp.1-23
  • DOI : 10.26585/chlab.2019..66.001
  • Publisher : CHINESE STUDIES INSTITUTE
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Received : October 31, 2019
  • Accepted : November 26, 2019
  • Published : December 31, 2019

Kim, Seonjung 1

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ABSTRACT

Zhu-Xi’s texts introduce one to an entirely different conceptual world. Since we are separated by a vastly different time and place, there is a considerable gap between Zhu-Xi’s conceptual world and our own. Therefore, for us living in the present, Zhu-Xi’s use of language may seem vague and full of logical errors. if scrutinized, however, his systematical relation between concepts can be found. This essay attempts to elucidate Zhu-Xi’s logic structure through an analysis of the concept of li(理). Li is one of the most important concepts addressed by neo-Confucianism. But some of the descriptions given to li seem to contradict each other. In order to resolve the contradictions between the descriptions related to li., a hypothesized logical framework (the distinction between the features of a things composition and functions) has been suggested, and the detailed categories were analyzed. Moreover, the essay claims that li is not an independent substance, but a kind of categories.

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