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Dao Companion to ZHU Xi’s Philosophy

  • Kai-chiu Ng
  • Yong Huang

Part of the Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy book series (DCCP, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Kai-chiu Ng
    Pages 1-12
  3. Zhu Xi: The Philosopher as a Commentator

  4. Zhu Xi in the Chinese Confucian Tradition

  5. Aspects of Zhu Xi’s Philosophy

About this book


Zhu Xi (1130-1200) has been commonly and justifiably recognized as the most influential philosopher of Neo-Confucianism, a revival of classical Confucianism in face of the challenges coming from Daoism and, more importantly, Buddhism. His place in the Confucian tradition is often and also very plausibly compared to that of Thomas Aquinas, slightly later, in the Christian tradition. This book presents the most comprehensive and updated study of this great philosopher.  It situates Zhu Xi’s philosophy in the historical context of not only Confucian philosophy but also Chinese philosophy as a whole.  Topics covered within Zhu Xi’s thought are metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, hermeneutics, philosophy of religion, moral psychology, and moral education.  This text shows both how Zhu Xi responded to earlier thinkers and how his thoughts resonate in contemporary philosophy, particularly in the analytic tradition.  This companion will appeal to students, researchers and educators in the field.


Confucianism Ethics Human Nature Moral Cultivation Moral Psychology Neo-Confucianism Theory of Knowledge Zhu Xi

Editors and affiliations

  • Kai-chiu Ng
    • 1
  • Yong Huang
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong

About the editors

Kai-chiu Ng is a senior lecturer of Department of Philosophy at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His main research interest lies in Confucianism, especially Zhu Xi’s philosophy. He is the author of Zhu Xi’s Theory of Self-Cultivation of Probing Principle (in Chinese).

Yong Huang is a professor of Department of Philosophy at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the editor of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy and The Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy series. Author of three monographs in English and three collections of essays in Chinese, he is also an author of 80+ articles each in Chinese or English. His main areas of research are Chinese philosophy, comparative philosophy, and ethics..

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