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Title: Confucianisme en taoïsme in de late Tang-dynastie en de Wudai-periode
Author(s): DE MEYER, Jan
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
Volume: 82    Issue: 2   Date: 2020   
Pages: 279-301
DOI: 10.2143/TVF.82.2.3287741

Abstract :
One of the salient features of the intellectual life of the Late Tang and the Wudai periods (mid-ninth to early tenth centuries) is the conciliation of Confucianism and Taoism. In the works of literati, most of whom viewed themselves as 'Confucian', we find a host of detailed arguments in favor of cooperation between Confucianism and Taoism. The fundamental equality of both teachings is expressed or suggested in a variety of ways. Although it is possible that this philosophical synthesis was in some cases inspired by anti-Buddhist sentiment, it cannot be denied that it presented a form of pluralism that would become less and less evident as Neo-Confucianism became the orthodox teaching in late imperial China.

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