The Cultured Man as the Noble Man: Jun zi 君子 as a Man of Li 禮 in Lun yu 論語

Christine Abigail Tan
2015 Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy  
The aim of this article is to show the Confucian virtue of li as the highest embodiment of the Jun zi as found in the Lun yu. While ren remains the most primary and most important of the virtues, it is an inner goodness which can only find its expression or manifestation in the virtue of li, while such manifestation is made possible only through an external ontological ideal that is the virtue of yi. As such, the interplay of ren and yi, which finds its harmony in li, is made possible only
more » ... gh the embodiment of li as a dynamic moral principle given substance by ren and given form by li, and perfected by the Jun zi.
doi:10.25138/9.2.a.9 fatcat:sjj4wu3s2rffbdfxsjwqmaaeda