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Images of Human Nature: A Sung Portrait

Munro, Donald J.

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ISBN 10: 0691073309 / ISBN 13: 9780691073309
Published by Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, 1988
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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322 pages, light blue cloth with dark blue lettering on spine. Previous owner's stamp on half title page. Faint pencil marking to about 20 pages. Dust jacket with light edgewear. Record # 403096. Bookseller Inventory # 403096

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Title: Images of Human Nature: A Sung Portrait

Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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In this volume Donald Munro, author of important studies on early and contemporary China, provides a critical analysis of the doctrines of the Sung Neo-Confucian philosopher Chu Hsi (1130-1200). For nearly six centuries Confucian orthodoxy was based on Chu Hsi's commentaries on Confucian classics. These commentaries were the core of the curriculum studied by candidates for the civil service in China until 1905 and provided guidelines both for personal behavior and for official policy. Munro finds the key to the complexities of Chu Hsi's thought in his mode of discourse: the structural images of family, stream of water, mirror, body, plant, and ruler. Furthermore, he discloses the basic framework of Chu Hsi's ethics and the theory of human nature that is provided by these illustrative images.


As revealed by Munro, Chu Hsi's thought is polarized between family duty and a broader altruism and between obedience to external authority and self-discovery of moral truth. To understand these tensions moves us toward clarifying the meaning of each idea in the sets. The interplay of these ideas, selectively emphasized over time by later Confucians, is a background for explaining modern Chinese thought. In it, among other things, Confucianism and Marxism-Leninism co-exist.


Originally published in 1988.


The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.


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The author of a trilogy of books on theories of human nature in pre-Qin, Southern Song, and modern China. Munro has focused on the relation of these theories to Chinese educational and social control practices. A former chair of the department of asian languages and cultures. He is professor emeritus of philosophy and of chinese at Michigan.

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