THE CONFUCIAN TEACHER WANG T'UNG (584 ? -617) ONE THOUSAND YEARS OF CONTROVERSY BY HOWARD J. WECHSLER CONTENTS Introduction ......................... 225 Sources bearing on the Wang T'ung question ........... 231 The issue of Wang T'ung's historical reality ............ z35 The issue of the lack of a Wang T'ung biography in the Sui History 242 The issue of the authenticity of the works attributed to Wang T'ung 250 A. The Primal Classic .................... 250 B. The Discouyses on tlae Mean ................ 252 The issue of Wang T'ung's emulation of Confucius ......... 259 The issue of Wang T'ung's discipleship .............. 261 Wang T'ung's current place in Chinese intellectual history..... 266 INTRODUCTION *) He was hailed by Ch'eng I gg M, one of the master theoreticians of Sung Neo-Confucianism, as a retired chiin-tzu aet T, some of whose maxims surpassed those of the venerable sages Hsin-tzu 226 1ü.::r and Yang Hsiung t!Ht 1) . The Ming luminary Wang Shou-jen 3i iy£ (Wang Yang-ming 3i i fljg ) thought him to be even greater than the "father" of Neo-Confucianism, Han Y-d 4* * _ 2). By the Chin dynasty (III5-1234) in Shantung province he was revered along with Mencius, Hsiin-tzu, Yang Hsiung,
T'oung Pao – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1977
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