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[Vol.28 (2017)] Deciphering Zhou Dunyi’s “Taijitu” 太極圖
Author : KIM Hak Ze
Date : 19.03.25
Page : 27-46
Keyword : Zhou Dunyi, “Taijitu, ” Taijitu shuo, Zhu Xi, Taijitu shuo jie, Yi Hwang, Jeong Ji-un, “Cheonmyeong sindo”
Abstract :

This paper aims to define the characteristics of Zhou Dunyi’s(1017-1073)“Taijitu” (Diagram of the Great Ultimate) as a metaphysical cosmology rather than a cosmogony through an examination of the constitution of the Diagram itself, and to overview some derivative problems. It shall be shown that the flowchart of the Diagram has the structure of vertical symmetry and isomorphic repetition, which indicates that Zhou Dunyi’s iconology was originally intended as a sort of metaphysics. Zhu Xi also seems to interpret the Diagram as the metaphysical structure of the cosmos rather than a mimetic diagram of the real cosmic generation. This paper regards Yi Hwang (1501-1570) and Jeong Ji-un’s (1501-1561) “Cheonmyeong sindo” (New Diagram of the Heavenly Mandate) as one of the best examples to support the following interpretation of Zhou’s and Zhu’s ideas on the “Taijitu.” In conclusion, this paper will suggest that Zhou’s Taijitu shuo and Zhu Xi’s metaphysical interpretation of it initiated the later unfolding of Neo-Confucianism.


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