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Mencius’ Nairuoqiqing and its Interpretation by Later Confucian Thinkers

  • Journal of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • 2017, 74(2), pp.75-96
  • DOI : 10.17326/jhsnu.74.2.201705.75
  • Publisher : Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : March 25, 2017
  • Accepted : May 6, 2017
  • Published : May 31, 2017

Jeong Hwanhui 1

1서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the developments in the understanding of the relationship between renxing (人性) and feeling (qing, 情). The famous paragraph ‘Nairuoqiqing’ (乃若其情) from Mencius originally meant a monistic relationship between renxing and feeling. This paragraph was interpreted in two different ways by later Confucian thinkers. Both renxing and feeling were understood in an organic way in Zhao Qi (趙岐), Sun Shi (孫奭) and Zhang Jiucheng (張九成). In contrast, Zhu Xi(朱熹) was concerned with the blending of the two concepts. This phenomenon clearly shows changes in the understanding of the relationship between renxing and feeling in Confucian intellectual history.

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