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Zisi
""Half Portraits of the Great Sage and Virtuous Men of Old - Kong Ji Zisi (孔伋 子思).jpg
As depicted in Half Portraits of the Great Sage and Virtuous Men of Old (至聖先賢半身像), housed in the "National Palace Museum
Courtesy name
"Chinese 子思
Personal name
"Chinese 孔伋
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The tomb of Kong Ji in the "Cemetery of Confucius, "Qufu

Zisi ("Chinese: 子思; c. 481–402 BCE), born Kong Ji (孔伋), was a "Chinese philosopher and the grandson of "Confucius.

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Intellectual genealogy, teaching, criticism[edit]

Zisi was the son of Boyu 伯鱼 (zh:孔鲤) and the only grandson of "Confucius. He is traditionally accredited with transmitting Confucian teaching to "Mencius[1] and writing the "Doctrine of the Mean, Biaoji 表記, ""Ziyi" (The Black Robes") 緇衣, and "Fangji" (The Record of the Dikes) 坊記, presently chapters of the "Liji. (Since Zisi's dates of life do not overlap with those of Mengzi, it has been suggested that the intermediary role in the transmission was played by Shi Shuo 世碩.[2])

Where his grandfather began to distinguish between true and supposed knowledge, Zisi proceeded upon "meditations on the "relativity in human knowledge of the "universe. He attempted to analyze as many types of action as possible, and believed that wise people who are conscious of their moral and intellectual duties can copy the "reality of the universe into themselves.

On par with Mencius, Zisi is attacked by "Xunzi in his famous "Against Twelve Masters" chapter. The target of Xunzi's attack is the "Wuxing teaching. According to "Zhang Binglin (1868-1936), Zisi attempted combining Confucian teaching with the principles of numerology. "Li Xueqin suggests that it was done under influence of the text presently constituting the "Great Plan" (Hongfan) chapter of the "Shangshu.[3]

The extant version of the book of the same name is ascribed to Zisi. It was compiled by Wang Zhuo (汪晫 Wāng Zhuó) of the Song dynasty, but not recognized as authentic. The more reliable edition was made by Huang Yizhou zh:黃以周 (1828-1899), drawing the references from "Shen Yue (441-513). According to Huang Yizhou, some aspects of Zisi's thinking are paralleled by the "Huainanzi.[4]

Recent discoveries[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ames, Roger T. and David L. Hall (2001). Focusing the Familiar: A Translation and Philosophical Interpretation of the Zhongyong. University of Hawaii Press. p. 132. "ISBN "9780824824600. 
  2. ^ 曹峰, 思孟學派的建構與解構 ――評梁濤《郭店竹簡與思孟學派》."Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2013. , n.1.
  3. ^ "Li Xueqin, 帛书《五行》与《尚书·洪范》.
  4. ^ 曹峰, 思孟學派的建構與解構 ――評梁濤《郭店竹簡與思孟學派》 Archived December 13, 2013, at the "Wayback Machine.

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