The Sentimental Mode

  • Keping WangEmail author
Part of the Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture book series (KCCTC)


In Confucianism, there are two primary sentimental stages: At the initiative stage, emotions are not stirred up yet and therefore remain in the state of equilibrium; at the second stage, emotions are stirred up already but are moderated to the due degree by means of such cardinal virtues as benevolence, righteousness, propriety and wisdom. He who can be self-disciplined when confronted with emotional stirrings is most liable to attain the realm of harmony par excellence. He will then be able to follow the universal path and produce a positive impact on others. Aesthetic cultivation is part of inner accomplishment and grounded on moral cultivation in principle.


Sentimental mode of harmony Equilibrium harmony Golden mean Principle of appropriateness Theory of moderation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina

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