The Jixia Academy and the Birth of Higher Learning in China: A Comparison of Fourth-century BC Chinese Education

The Jixia Academy and the Birth of Higher Learning in China: A Comparison of Fourth-century BC Chinese Education

By: Richard A. Hartnett (author)Hardback

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Jixia is an abstract ideal for a contemporary critique of Chinese academe and the implications of its intellectual culture for emancipating the university from state control. These contentions should force a reassessment of the importance of Jixia to philosophical innovation and a bridge between the opposing political and spiritual forces that continue to shape the direction of Chinese higher learning. The Jixia Academy appeared at a pivotal moment in the history of ancient Chinese higher learning when the rulers of the Qi state attracted representatives of the Hundred Schools of Thought to provide political advice and engage in debate with their philosophical rivals while delivering lectures to their legions of disciples. Jixia was a forum for strident debates among the major schools of thought and displayed an agonistic ambience equal to that in the Athenian schools of philosophy. This verbal combat created a "melting pot" in which only the best ideas rose to the top, culminating in the syncretic philosophies of Huang Lao Thought and Xunzi, Jixia's grand master.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773439122
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780773439122
  • ISBN10: 0773439129

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