Abstract:This essay analyzes the spiritual dimension of Zhu Xi’s thought as reflected in his commentary on the four inner stages of the Great Learning (the Daxue
). I begin with a presentation of the notions “spirituality,” “religion,” and “practice,” and of the interpretative methods used. I then examine the signification of Zhu Xi’s Neo-Confucian numinous root as embodied in the luminous moral potentiality, investigate from this perspective each one of the four inner stages of the Great Learni…
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