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Author Gu, Yanwu, 1613-1682, author
Title Works. Selections. English
Record of Daily Knowledge and Collected Poems and Essays : selections / Gu Yanwu ; translated and edited by Ian Johnston
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  PL2716.A2 2017    AVAILABLE    30530001271501
 人文社會聯圖  PL2716.A2 2017    AVAILABLE    30660020174541
Descript xv, 323 pages ; 24 cm
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Series Translations from the Asian classics
Translations from the Asian classics
Note "A selection of Qing Dynasty scholar Gu Yanwu's general writings from his Rizhi lu (Record of Daily Knowledge) and his Tinglin Shiwenji (Collected Poems and Essays). Gu Yanwu is regarded as the progenitor of the dominant scholarly trend of late Ming and early Qing-era China, known as Han Learning or Evidential Learning, which placed emphasis on practical learning instead of theory. He insisted that scholars must undertake wide and varied research on practical subjects and return to the simple, ethical precepts of early Confucianism. His best known and most significant work is his Record of Daily Knowledge, a collection of his short essays on problems in the classics, government, economics, the examination system, literature, history, and philology. The writings were composed during Gu's years of travels around China after the fall of the Ming Dynasty, and are based on personal observation and wide reading in the classics of Confucian thought. They are, as Gu himself said, 'not old coin but copper dug from the hills.' Like many scholars of the time, Gu believed that one of the fatal weaknesses of the Ming had been an overconcentration of power in the central government. He therefore recommended a decentralization of authority and the strengthening of local self-government in the provinces. Johnston's translation of selections from A Record of Daily Knowledge and Collected Poems and Essays includes a general introduction covering Gu's personal history, his published works and his main ideas together with some consideration of subsequent evaluations of his importance"--Provided by publisher
Translated from the Chinese
Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Gu, Yanwu, 1613-1682 -- Political and social views
Gu, Yanwu, 1613-1682 -- Philosophy
Learning and scholarship -- China -- History -- 17th century -- Sources
Philosophy, Confucian -- China -- History -- 17th century -- Sources
China -- Intellectual life -- 17th century -- Sources
China -- Social life and customs -- 17th century -- Sources
China -- History -- Ming dynasty, 1368-1644 -- Sources
China -- History -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912 -- Sources
Alt Author Johnston, Ian, 1939- editor, translator
Gu, Yanwu, 1613-1682. 日知錄. English
Gu, Yanwu, 1613-1682. Ri zhi lu. English
Gu, Yanwu, 1613-1682. 亭林詩文集. English
Gu, Yanwu, 1613-1682. Tinglin shiwenji. English
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