Books on Zhu Xi philosophy wins grand prix


A series of books on philosophy of Zhu Xi, Chinese philosopher of Neo-Confucianism, compiled by three ECNU professors received a prestigious academy award in the birthplace of the great ancient thinker.

The books, named “The Series of Zhuism Documents  •  Zhuism Writings in History  • Reflections of Things At Hand (11 volumes)”, which was edited and compiled by Prof. Yan Zuozhi, Liu Yongxiang and Dai Yangben with ECNU Institute of Ancient Chinese Book Studies, received the Book Award at the 1st Nanxi Academy Award in Sanming City, Fujian Province, on November 18 when the 886th anniversary of Zhu Xi's birth was marked.

The first of the series of Zhuism documents to be published, the book has won nationwide acclaim after it was published by ECNU, winning the first prize of national excellent ancient Chinese books in June and special awards of the East China excellent ancient books in November.

The biennial Nanxi Academy Award, named after Nanxi Academy where Zhu Zi was born, will honor one work and two theses each time. 

Launched in May, the first Nanxi Academy Award invited a panel of judges who are internationally influential in Zhu Zi studies such as Chen Lai, Zhu Jieren, Pan Chaoyang, Cui Yingchen, Azuma Juji, Tian Hao and Dai Hebai, who selected the prize-winners from more than 80 entries after three rounds of review.

A preeminent scholar, classicist and a first-rate analytic and synthetic thinker, Zhu Xi (1130-1200) created the supreme synthesis of Song-Ming dynasty (960-1628 ) Neo-Confucianism. He has been called the second-most influential thinker in Chinese history, after Confucius himself. Zhu's thought has been the starting point for intellectual discourse and the focus of disputation for the last 800 years. His influence spread to Korea and Japan, which adopted Confucianism and the imperial examination system and were enamored of Zhu's intellectual achievements. Among his works, the Reflections of Things At Hand: The Neo-Confucian Anthology compiled by Zhu and Lü Tsu-chien figures prominently in the history of Chinese and East Asian thought.


East China Normal University