Comprehending Jing (classics) and Jing (caution): A study of Chosun scholar Choi Sang Ryong's Lunyu Bianyi

Pei Yi Chin*

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This paper studies Choi Sang ryong's Lunyu Bianyi ("A Discussion and Analysis of" if "Questions and Analyses on The Analects of Confucius" is not commonly used by scholars. The Analects of Confucius) under the circumstances while Yeongnam Toegyechak school was in Its flourishng period of exegesis and "made annotations of," if the footnotes provides additional information or are used for interpreting the text. Four Books after the mid-18th century (if it occurs from the mid-18th century, not from the late 18th century). How did Choi Sang Ryong view Lunyu (The Analects of Confucius)? What was the relation between his perspective and the methodology of his exegesis? And what core idea did Choi Sang Ryong develop based on his understanding of Lunyu? I will analyze the position (or perspective) of Choi Sang Ryong's Lunyu Bianyi - continuing, inheriting, and comprehending different factions in Yeongnam Toegyechak school, also containing Geungi namin's view on classics and Lunyu. I will also depict the diachronic development and modality of interpreting and making explanatory footnotes on classics in Yeongnam Toegyechak school. This paper will describe how the exegesis features and research on Confucian Classics of Yeongnam Toegyechak school were presented in Choi Sang Ryong's Lunyu Bianyi. It will locate Choi Sang Ryong's studies in the tradition of exegesis study. According to the research, Choi Sang Ryong's comprehensive understanding on Jingxue (Confucian Classics) and Jingxue (learning on caution) were a combination of Hakbong Kim Seong Il and Hangang Jeong Gu's theory in Yeongnam Toegyechak school. Choi also used in Seoae Lyu Seong Ryong's theory, which inherited from Yi Sangjeong, along with Jeong Woobok Jeong Gyeong Se and Byeonggok Gwon Gu's way of pursuing learning. Meanwhile, Choi blended his ideas with Misu Heo Mok's modification on Toegyechak. Further, Choi refered to the studies conducted by Kikogaku school's Yulgok Yi I, Sagye Kim Jang saeng and Namdang Han Wonjin. Choi's Lunyu Bianyi could be regarded as an outcome inheriting Yeongnam Toegyechak's consistent research context on the Four Books after 18th century.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-169
Number of pages49
JournalTaiwan Journal of East Asian Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec


  • Choi Sang Ryong
  • Chosun Gyeonghag
  • Lunyu Bianyi
  • The Four books
  • Yeongnam Toegyechak

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • General Arts and Humanities


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