Li Guangdi and the Philosophy of Human Nature

  • Ng On-cho
Part of the Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy book series (DCCP, volume 1)


Li Guangdi 李光地 (1642–1718), whose literary and style names were respectively Jinqing 晉卿 and Hou’an 厚庵, was a native of the Anxi 安溪 district of Fujian. He attained jinshi status in 1670 and worked as a bachelor in the Hanlin Academy, given the assignment to learn Manchu. The Kangxi Emperor, impressed by his plans for the pacification of Fujian, promoted him to the sub-chancellorship of the Grand Secretariat in 1680. He further enhanced his stature in the eyes of the emperor by offering sound advice for the conquest of Taiwan.


Human Nature Moral Agent Virtue Ethic Filial Piety Moral Nature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Religious Studies, and Asian StudiesPennsylvaniaUSA
  2. 2.The Pennsylvania State UniversityPennsylvaniaUSA

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