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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2016, Vol. 11 Issue (2) : 168-184
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Research Findings Concerning Excavated Texts and Learning in Early China
GUO Yi()
Department of Philosophy, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742, South Korea
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In the course of Chinese history, we find three instances of important and deliberate attempts to reconstruct ancient history. In the first two, the main path followed in the reconstruction process concerned setting in order and recovering the traditional writings. But recently, the main path is to confirm the genuineness of the traditional writings, correcting errors and filling in omissions in the traditional concepts according to the “method of double proof.” Based on this, I aim to advance a new understanding of some key controversial issues in the history of learning in early China, concerning Confucius and the Book of Changes, the Analects and the Analects-kind texts, the School of Zisi and its literary output, Lao Zi the man and the book, and the dates of Wen Zi, Guanyin Zi, and Lie Zi. On this basis, I conclude that the development of pre-Qin philosophy went through four periods, with two significant turning points therein.

Keywords reconstruction of ancient history      excavated texts      Chinese philosophy      early China     
Issue Date: 21 July 2016
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GUO Yi. Research Findings Concerning Excavated Texts and Learning in Early China[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2016, 11(2): 168-184.
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