The Philosophy Of Zhu Xi Essay

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The philosophy of Zhu Xi
China is a country with long history, which at the same time comes with a complex philosophy system. Date back to the Warring States period, the rising of Confucianism, Daoism, Legalism, and some other schools captured the attention of the society. These schools created their different and special philosophies, which in some way guided the trend of the society development. With several hundreds years of inherited and people applied their own thoughts to the original philosophy and tried to explain that in their own way, some philosophy look different from what it used to be. However, some people’s opinions will give a philosophy a new life. Zhu Xi, an unforgettable person in China history, is “generally ranked as second only to Confucius in influence and as rivaling Zhuang Zi in philosophic acumen in the Chinese philosophical tradition (Thompson, 2).”
Zhu Xi, also called Chu His, was a Confucian scholar in Song dynasty, who was the leading figure of the School of Pronciple (Slingerlandm 148) and the most influential rationalist Neo-Confucianism (Chan, 1). He was born in Fujian, and his father worked as the subprefectual sheriff. He received instruction from his father at home after his father was forced from office. At his age of 19, he passed the Imperial Examination and became a presented scholar. In 1157, he stopped serving in an official capacity and began to study under Li Tong, who followed the tradition of Cheng Hao and Cheng Yi (Chan, 588).
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