Journal Article

Human Heart, Heavenly Heart: Mystical Dimensions of Chu Hsi's Neo-Confucianism

Jonathan R. Herman

in Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Published on behalf of American Academy of Religion

Volume 69, issue 1, pages 103-128
Published in print March 2001 | ISSN: 0002-7189
Published online March 2001 | e-ISSN: 1477-4585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/69.1.103
Human Heart, Heavenly Heart: Mystical Dimensions of Chu Hsi's Neo-Confucianism

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Despite the fact that Chu Hsi, the Twelfth-century philosopher, educator, and canonical redactor, is identified with the rational wing of NeoConfucianism, there is also a distinctly intuitive and idealistic side to Chu Hsi's writings, one that is essential to his overall teaching but is seldom given proportionate attention. This article examines one specific aspect of Chu Hsi's works that may, in part, be legitimately characterized as “mystical” and considers some of the implications of such a determination. The pivotal point of discussion is Chu Hsi's identification of the human heart and mind with both the heart-mind of heaven and earth and the heart-mind of the sage.

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Subjects: Religious Studies

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