Hermeneutic Issues in the Study of the Shijing
|Keywords:||經典、詩經、文獻解讀、訓詁，Classics, Shijing, Hermeneutics, Exegesis, Interpretation||Issue Date:||Jun-2010||Start page/Pages:||001-030||Source:||臺大中文學報||Abstract:||
The Shijing is one of the most important classics of ancient China. Since ancient times, interpretation of the text has continued, unbroken through countless successive generations, producing an important body of literature on the research of the text. If one desires to research the Shijing, then an important starting point is the interpretation of various editions of the text and related commentaries; If the hermeneutic approach is inappropriate, then one can easily arrive at erroneous judgments or conclusions. Therefore, within the field of Shijing studies, textual hermeneutics is an issue which cannot be overlooked.
This article shall focus on the following aspects of textual hermeneutics within the study of the Shijing:
(1) Shijing textual interpretation must conform to the fundamental principles of traditional exegetic technique (shungu).
(2) Textual interpretation of the Shijing, one must rely on a fundamental understanding of Shijing scholarship.
(3) Shijing textual hermeneutics cannot neglect related knowledge from other fields.
(4) In interpreting the Shijing, one must always strive for the most reasonable, consistent and internally coherent explanation.
(5) In Shijing textual hermeneutics, one should avoid making excessive annotations.
Through a discussion of the above points, I hope to emphasize the importance of textual hermeneutic principles in the study of the Shijing and advocate that Shijing scholars pay more attention to this issue.
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