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The Vision Of Peace In The Confucian Four Books

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This chapter focuses on the Confucian vision of peace as described in two books of the Sishu: the Daxue and the Zhongyong. The rationale for this selection is as follows. First, these two texts embody the social, political, and ethical ideal of Confucian thought. Second, the two books share a common textual history. Prior to their selection in the Sishu, these two texts were originally chapters in the Book of Rites, and were also traditionally located in the same subdivision of the Book of Rites: "comprehensive discourses on ritual, rites, and learning". Third, these texts display varying aspects of political and cosmological significance that enable us to obtain a fuller portrait of the Confucian vision of peace. Finally, Zhu focuses on two modes of moral cultivation: knowledge-study and action-practice. The chapter concludes with a synthesis and overview of the Confucian vision of peace they suggest.

Keywords: Book of Rites; Confucian vision of peace; Daxue; moral cultivation; Sishu; Zhongyong



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