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Lecture 11: “Li Yun”: A Vision of Grand Harmony
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Some Facts about the “Li Yun” or “The Evolution of Rites”: It constitutes Chapter 9 in the Liji or The Book of Rites , which is a book about ethics, society, and government produced by Confucian scholars during the end of the Warring Stautes Period (ca. 475-221 BCE) and the early Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE). Problem of authenticity of the text: Ideas in opening section resemble the Daodejing . Idea about loving not only one’s parents and children but other people’s parents and children is part of Mozi’s doctrine. The disciple Yan Yan [aka Yen Yen] who was talking to Confucius in the text was younger than his teacher by 45 years. He would’ve been only six years old then, hardly an age to talk about ethical philosophy and government.
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My reasons for discussing this text before Xunzi (ca. 298-238 BCE): “Li Yun” is possibly a text of late 3rd century, later than Xunzi.
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