Principle and Desire (liyu, 理欲)

  • Yueqing WangEmail author
  • Qinggang Bao
  • Guoxing Guan


Principle and human desire became a widely known conceptual pair by around the Northern Song dynasty. After the school of principle (li), as represented by the Cheng brothers, took principle as their most important concept, the opposition between principle and desire became even more evident and its content more enriched.


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  1. 1.NanjingChina

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