Department of Religion and Philosophy
After introducing some scholarship on the value of Mao Qiling’s (1623-1713) works, we present an account of canonization processes in order to understand the hermeneutic context of Mao’s battle with the Cheng-Zhu orthodoxy. His work is an attempt to decanonizing Zhu Xi’s Four Books, preferring instead an alternative relying on the Old Texts of the Taixue 《太學》/ Daxue 《大學》and Zhongyong 《中庸》. Mao argues against Zhu Xi’s textual changes and interpretations on a number of bases, producing a hermeneutics of suspicion against the Cheng-Zhu orthodoxy. Instead, Mao offers an alternative account of the sagely way, following precedents of Wang Yangming.
Journal of Chinese Philosophy
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Pfister, Lauren . . "Mao Qiling's Critical Reflections on the Four Books." Journal of Chinese Philosophy 40.2 (2013): 323-339.