You are here

Neo-Confucian Self-Cultivation (Dimensions of Asian Spirituality #6) (Hardcover)

Neo-Confucian Self-Cultivation (Dimensions of Asian Spirituality #6) By Barry C. Keenan, Henry Rosemont (Editor) Cover Image
Call store for availability status


Approximately fifteen hundred years after Confucius, his ideas reasserted themselves in the formulation of a sophisticated program of personal self-cultivation. Neo-Confucians argued that humans are endowed with empathy and goodness at birth, an assumption now confirmed by evolutionary biologists. By following the Great Learning--eight steps in the process of personal development--Neo-Confucians showed how this innate endowment could provide the foundation for living morally. Neo-Confucian students did not follow a single manual elaborating each step of the Great Learning; instead they were exposed to age-appropriate texts, commentaries, and anthologies of Neo-Confucian thinkers, which gradually made clear the sequential process of personal development and its connection to social order. Neo-Confucian Self-Cultivation opens up in accessible prose the content of the eight-step process for today's reader as it examines the source of mainstream Neo-Confucian self-cultivation and its major crosscurrents from 1000 to 1900.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780824834968
ISBN-10: 0824834968
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2011
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Dimensions of Asian Spirituality