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|Other Titles:||A New Interpretation of Xunzi’s Theory of Human Nature|
Nature;Artifice;Knowing;Capacity;in Man;produced by man
|Issue Date:||2016-08-11 15:23:37 (UTC+8)|
In contrast to the traditional and ordinary interpretation of Xunzi’s (荀子) theory of human nature which considers Xunzi’s theory as claiming that human nature is bad or evil, this paper aims at, firstly, arguing that the interpretation is wrong, at least incomplete; and secondly, constructing a new interpretation that, according to Xunzi’s text, there are some factors in human nature which are able to promote good behaviors. In order to do these, I shall demonstrate that some major paragraphs in Xunzi’s text were misinterpreted and misarranged, analyze that the word wei (偽artifice) in the chapter of “Zhengming” (正名, On the Correct Use of Names) has two different but related senses, one of which designates some of the potential capacities of human nature, and argue that the 23 words in the chapter of “Rongru” (榮辱, On Honor and Disgrace) should not be deleted as redundant, as was done by the two famous philologists in Qing dynasdy, Wang Niansun (王念孫) and Wang Xianqian (王先謙). Based on these analyses and arguments, I shall provide a new interpretation of Xunzi’s theory of human nature in a more cogent and coherent way.
|Relation:||政治大學哲學學報, 14, 169-230|
The national Chengchi university philosophical
|Appears in Collections:||[政治大學哲學學報 THCI Core] 期刊論文|
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