Introduction

Gu Yanwu 顧炎武 (Ku Yen-wu, 1613–1682) is a figure of considerable importance in Chinese intellectual history. His work was substantial and his influence significant, extending across several areas of scholarship and continuing into the twentieth century. However, for such a significant scholar the cou...

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Published in: Record of Daily KnowledgeandCollected Poems and Essays p. 1
Main Author: Gu Yanwu
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Columbia University Press 11-08-2016
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Summary: Gu Yanwu 顧炎武 (Ku Yen-wu, 1613–1682) is a figure of considerable importance in Chinese intellectual history. His work was substantial and his influence significant, extending across several areas of scholarship and continuing into the twentieth century. However, for such a significant scholar the course of his life was unusual. He never held an official position or played any active part in politics, and yet his political and social philosophy was highly relevant. He never undertook any formal teaching or developed any coterie of followers. He only ever had one disciple, Pan Lei 潘耒 (1646–1708), to whom we must
DOI: 10.7312/gu--17048.5