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Xunzi on Heaven, Ritual, and the Way

Xunzi on Heaven, Ritual, and the Way <p>Abstract:</p><p>In this article, I analyze the textual evidence and arguments in support of two fundamentally diffierent ways of interpreting Xunzi&apos;s conception of Heaven (<i>tian</i>) and its relationship to his conceptions of ritual (<i>li</i>) and the Way (<i>dao</i>). Aft er contrasting the general features of <i>impersonal</i> versus <i>theistic</i> interpretations of Xunzi&apos;s conception of Heaven, and of what I term <i>human-centered</i> versus <i>Heaven-centered</i> interpretations of his conceptions of ritual and the Way, I next consider the views of two leading proponents of a theistic and Heaven-centered interpretation of Xunzi, Edward Machle, and Paul Goldin. I argue that the textual evidence and arguments that Machle and Goldin use to support their respective interpretations of Xunzi&apos;s philosophy are inadequate, and that the weight of textual evidence best supports an impersonal and human-centered interpretation of his views on these matters.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Xunzi on Heaven, Ritual, and the Way

Philosophy East and West , Volume 68 (3) – Aug 8, 2018

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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>In this article, I analyze the textual evidence and arguments in support of two fundamentally diffierent ways of interpreting Xunzi&apos;s conception of Heaven (<i>tian</i>) and its relationship to his conceptions of ritual (<i>li</i>) and the Way (<i>dao</i>). Aft er contrasting the general features of <i>impersonal</i> versus <i>theistic</i> interpretations of Xunzi&apos;s conception of Heaven, and of what I term <i>human-centered</i> versus <i>Heaven-centered</i> interpretations of his conceptions of ritual and the Way, I next consider the views of two leading proponents of a theistic and Heaven-centered interpretation of Xunzi, Edward Machle, and Paul Goldin. I argue that the textual evidence and arguments that Machle and Goldin use to support their respective interpretations of Xunzi&apos;s philosophy are inadequate, and that the weight of textual evidence best supports an impersonal and human-centered interpretation of his views on these matters.</p>

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Philosophy East and WestUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 8, 2018

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