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Xiong Shili and the New Treatise: A review discussion of Xiong Shili, New Treatise on the Uniqueness of Consciousness, an annotated translation by John Makeham

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015, ISBN: 978-0-300-19157-8, hb, lxviii+341pp.

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    ‘Onto-cosmology’ is a fitting characterization of Xiong’s approach employed by Ng Yu-Kwan in his ‘Xiong Shili’s Metaphysical Theory About the Non-Separation of Substance and Function,’ in John Makeham, ed. New Confucianism, New York: Palgrave-McMillan 2003, p. 234 ff.

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    See, for example, the criticisms of Buddhism by Jeong Dojeon in A. Charles Muller, Korea’s Great Buddhist Confucian Debate (UHP 2015), who also criticizes Buddhism for similar apparent doctrinal gaps.

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    I am not alone in opining that there were deficiencies in Xiong’s understanding of Buddhism. See Ng in Makeham 2003, 241–242.

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    Makeham does indicate in his notes at a couple of points that it seems like this or that notion might have been influenced by the Awakening of Mahāyāna Faith or Huayan Buddhism, but Xiong does not overtly engage with or cite these texts in any significant manner.

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Muller, A.C. Xiong Shili and the New Treatise: A review discussion of Xiong Shili, New Treatise on the Uniqueness of Consciousness, an annotated translation by John Makeham . SOPHIA 56, 523–526 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11841-017-0595-8

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  • Buddhism
  • Daoism
  • Yijing
  • Ti-yong
  • Essence-function
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