The is an analytical study of the mid-Ming Confucian master Zhan Ruoshui’s (1466-1560) famous work of statecraft learning presented to the Jiajing emperor with the intention of its being used in the imperial lectures of the throne. The study is grounded on the political background of the book thus explains its distinct content in comparison with other famous work of statecraft before it. It notes that Zhan Ruoshui used this voluminous work to promote his own philosophical idea of getting at true knowledge in general and imperial learning in particular, but also to convey his belated loyalty to the emperor, who came to the throne as a prince in the province and was able to get control of the bureaucracy only after several years of hard struggle against the court officials.
|Translated title of the contribution||The political background and the characteristics of Ming Dynasty Confucianist Chan Jo-shui's (1466-1560) Book for the Education of the Emperor, The Sage's Learning Through the Investigation of Things.|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1993|
- Zhan Ruoshui’s (1466-1560)
- The Jiajing Emperor (reigned 1521-1566)
- Shengxue gewu tong
- Statecraft learning in Ming China