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Yearbook for Eastern and Western Philosophy

Ed. by Feger, Hans / Dikun, Xie / Ge, Wang

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26 Practical Wisdom in Confucian Philosophy

Chen Lai
Published Online: 2016-07-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/yewph-2016-0028

Abstract

Confucianism, since the time of Confucius, emphasizes the significance of “practical wisdom” as the realization of philosophy. This approach accentuates the practical aspects of wisdom rather than the analytical rationale of the intellect. Emphasis on practical wisdom persistently reinforces a moral foundation that is not differentiated from personal virtue. At the same time, practical wisdom in Confucianism stresses self-cultivation, or the complete transformation of the self, derived from the internal state of the heart/mind (xin).

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Published Online: 2016-07-27

Published in Print: 2016-07-25


Citation Information: Yearbook for Eastern and Western Philosophy, Volume 2016, Issue 1, Pages 335–348, ISSN (Online) 2196-5897, ISSN (Print) 2196-5889, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/yewph-2016-0028.

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