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This ofﬁcial position of Ru as an expert of the Classics later was also adopted by the subsequent dynasties Yuan (1279–1368 CE), Ming (1368–1644 CE), and Qing (1644–1911 CE) as well. In other words, Ru and the learning of the Classics were inseparable in the dynastic perception of Ru. 40 28 CONFUCIANISM AND WOMEN Song Ru’s delineation of orthodox Ru learning reﬂected its preoccupation with the concern of purity, which was a reaction against the rising force of Daoism and Buddhism at the time. 42 But, in the Song Ru’s rhetoric, both Daoism and Buddhism were heterodox doctrines since the former taught deception and the latter severed one’s familial ties.
But its dominance in history had a rather controversial inception. In the 1180s, two of Zhu Xi’s contemporaries attacked the Daoxue of Zhu Xi as hypocrisy. In 1196, Daoxue was further labeled as “false learning,” and Zhu Xi was impeached for ten crimes. In 1199, Zhu Xi’s ofﬁcial title and privileges were removed and his status reduced to a commoner. 43 However, not every Ru literatus was comfortable with Song Daoxue’s narrowly deﬁned Ru learning. 44 In short, Zhu Xi’s orthodox Ru learning of Daoxue, or, what is called “neo-Confucianism,” was once viewed as a heterodox learning as well.
CONFUCIANISM, CHINESE-NESS, AND REN VIRTUOUS PERSONHOOD 19 in contrast with its assumed transparency in the term Confucianism or its centrality in the Chinese culture. A venture into its etymological roots paradoxically only complicates the issue at hand. 9 The second part of the deﬁnition seems to ﬁt into our conventional understanding of what a Ru is supposed to be and it is also in line with the Zhouli’s description of Ru as a humble foot-soldier residing among the people as their teacher of six arts.
Confucianism And Women: A Philosophical Interpretation (S U N Y Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture) by Li-hsiang Lisa Rosenlee