The Great Ultimate (taiji, 太极)

  • Yueqing WangEmail author
  • Qinggang Bao
  • Guoxing Guan


The great ultimate is an extremely important concept in studies on the Book of Changes in the history of Chinese philosophy. According to their own understandings, and the needs of their own philosophical systems, different philosophers from different periods have all elaborated on this concept system. “Great ultimate” has thereby become a concept with many different interpretations.


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  1. 1.NanjingChina

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