Jeong Dasan's Interpretation of Mengzi : Heaven, Way, Human Nature, and Human Herat-mind

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-237
Journal / PublicationEuropean Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


This essay offers an introduction to Jeong Yakyong's (Dasan's) ethical philosophy as revealed by his commentary on the Mengzi. Following Mengzi, Dasan insisted that the Confucian Way was grounded in the will of Heaven but looked back to early views about the Lord on High and described ethical life in terms of an everyday, natural order decreed by the Lord on High. Not only did he see a wide range of human emotions as indispensable and central to the good life, he also insisted that Heaven and the Way must be understood in terms of their manifestations in this world.