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Yang Chu's Discovery of the Body

John Emerson
Philosophy East and West
Vol. 46, No. 4 (Oct., 1996), pp. 533-566
DOI: 10.2307/1399495
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1399495
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Abstract

Yang Chu is a shadowy figure in classical China brought under philosophical scrutiny. By providing a physical definition of human nature, Yang Chu freed the Chinese elite from the public roles and relationships that defined them, making possible new nonpublic, nonritual forms of individual self-awareness and self-cultivation. The Yangists valorized private and family life at the expense of public, court life.

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