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GuodianThe Newly Discovered Seeds of Chinese Religious and Political Philosophy$
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Kenneth Holloway

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195371451

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371451.001.0001

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Guodian and Traditional Views of China

Guodian and Traditional Views of China

(p.34) Two Guodian and Traditional Views of China

Holloway Kenneth W.

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by contrasting the binary logic of the Guodian text “The Five Aspects of Conduct” with the Analects of Confucius and the Mencius. This properly situates the Guodian texts as a new set of ideas that relate to but are separate from our former understanding of the tradition. The chapter continues with a critical overview of scholarship that is interested in connecting “The Five Aspects of Conduct” to transmitted texts. These scholars argue that “The Five Aspects of Conduct” was written by Confucius’s grandson Zisi. The theory of Zisi authorship is rooted in a single line of a single polemical passage of the Xunzi, which is vague and unsubstantial.

Keywords:   Xunzi, Zisi, Mencius, Analects, Five Aspects of Conduct, Confucius

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