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[Vol.23 (2015)] From a Prohibition of Talk about Otherworldly Elements to Harangues about Heavenly Morality in Confu
Author : CHEN Yan
Date : 19.04.03
Page : 105-131
Keyword : Kongzi, Confucianism, empirical, transcendent, knowledge
Abstract :


True to his motto, “Don’t pretend to know what you don’t know,” Kongzi was reasonably aloof from talking about anything outside the empirical world. One consequence of his reticence has been that Confucianism has avoided becoming a religion and has preserved a clear demarcation between what is known in Kantian philosophy as the empirical realm and the transcendent realm. Since Zisi 子思 and Mengzi, two of his followers made efforts to build a Confucianism with an emphasis on kinship, later generations of Confucians have sought to establish transcendent foundations for human morality in notions of heavenly morality and obligation, thereby transgressing Kongzi’s strict demarcation between the empirical realm and transcendent realm, as well as spoiling the rationalism of the original Confucianism. A modern Confucianism which is able to dialogue with the world could be established through the removal of the later Confucian dogmatism and a restoration of Kongzi’s Confucianism.


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