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The beginning sentence of the Great Learning.  He regarded as learning that which one has derived from the ancients, not that which one has arrived at independently to distinguish oneself from the ancients. "3 There is a common thread that runs through the Duke of Chou, Confucius, and Mencius, and it creates the Confucian tradition in China.  The great way of humanity resides in the commonality, and not the diversity, among man.  He too trusted and took delight in antiquity.  This is my reason for identifying the characteristic of Chinese learning with the characteristic of China's civilization itself.

It must have some qualities.  This is one kind of contradiction.  This is another kind of contradiction, the contradiction between subjectivity and objectivity.  In this respect, the outstanding representative is the philosopher; the learning of man is the philosophy of the philosophers. In philosophy, there are three ways to approach the above fact: the ontological, the epistemological, and the ethical.  With this standard people could say this or that circle is more or less circular, pointing out its defects and imperfections.

251–269.  233–249.  of Taipei in 1982. , 1982).  Tsang Chun­hai,ee Hui­an I­hsüeh t'an­weief [An investigation into the subtleties of Chu Hsi's philosophy of Changes], (Taipei: Fu Jeneg Catholic University Press, 1983).  Everywhere I was impressed by the beauty of the land and the hospitality of the people. The conference now gives me a chance to see these old places and to meet old friends.  Under the sponsorship of the University of Hawaii and the American Council of Learned Societies, the conference will promote cultural exchange between East and West in general and the study of Zhu Xi in particular.

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