Farewell to Migrating Geese: The Philosophy of Moral Education in a Time of Rebellion

  • Zhuran You
  • A. G. Rud
  • Yingzi Hu


This chapter discusses concepts of moral education in the Study of Xuan or the Neo-Taoism that challenged and enriched Confucianism. It starts by analyzing Wang Chong’s cosmology based on qi and his dismissal of heaven’s role in moral education. After that, it covers the different attitudes toward Mingjiao (the teaching of Confucian rites) and nature of three representatives of the Study of Xuan. These include Wang Bi’s proposal of using nature to reinterpret Mingjiao, Ji Kang’s advocacy of transcending Mingjiao and pursuing a natural life and spiritual freedom, and Guo Xiang’s ideas about the independent evolution of human nature and the integration of Mingjiao and nature. The chapter concludes by discussing the characteristics of the Wei-Jin Style.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhuran You
    • 1
  • A. G. Rud
    • 2
  • Yingzi Hu
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Teacher EducationShaoxing UniversityShaoxing CityChina
  2. 2.College of EducationWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  3. 3.Office of the ProvostShaoxing UniversityShaoxing CityChina

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