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15 July 2015

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Zhou Dunyi

Zhou Dunyi(1017-1073)

 

Zhou Dunyi (1017-1073), born Zhou Dunshi, courtesy name Maoshu, was a Chinese Neo-Confucian philosopher and cosmologist born in present-day Dao County, Yongzhou, Hunan Province during the Song Dynasty. He conceptualized the Neo-Confucian cosmology of the day, explaining the relationship between human conduct and universal forces. In this way, he emphasized that humans can master their qi ("psycho-physical stuff; vital life energy") in order to accord with nature.

 

Masterpiece:

 

Taiji Tushuo ("Explanations of the Diagram of the Supreme Ultimate" or "Diagram Explaining the Supreme Ultimate")

 

Tong Shu ("Penetrating Books of Changes")