Contemplating the Intentions of the Late Confucius
|Keywords:||孔子;思想;莫春篇;易道;春秋;三世;Confucius;Late Spring Passage;Chunqiu;Theory of the three ages||Issue Date:||Jan-2001||Start page/Pages:||047-075||Source:||國立臺灣大學哲學論評||Abstract:||
It certainly is difficult to grasp the intentions of the late Confucius. Everything hinges on the adequate choice and interpretation of the historical sources that have come down to us. This essay takes the analects as a basis to further explore Confucius' later thought as expressed in the Yizhuan and the Chunqiu. As the author's analysis of the difficult "late spring" passage in the analects shows, Confucius in his later life was primarily concerned about the way of heaven (tiandao). The dao in the Yizhuan and the theory of the three ages in the Chunqiu elaborate on this theme. It is time for us to realize the value of the historical material such as the Teng Wengong chapter in the Mencius, the Kongzi shijia chapter in the Shiji and the recently unearthed Yao chapter of the Yizhuan to get a clearer understanding of the late Confucius.
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