Wang Pi


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(ad 226–49)

Chinese sage who founded a new Taoist movement, known as hsuan hsueh, ‘the dark learning’ or neo-Taoism. He also provided the impulse that would emerge as tao hsueh, ‘learning of the Truth’ or neo-Confucianism. Opposed to the dead rituals and empty forms of contemporary Confucianism, Wang Pi represented an analytical and philosophical turn to deeper metaphysics. His principal work is a commentary on the Tao Te Ching.

Subjects: Philosophy.

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