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邱濬與明代儒家廢存之議 (Qiu Jun and Iconoclasm in the Ming Dynasty)
Religious Studies Faculty Publications
  • Deborah A. Sommer, (司馬黛蘭), Gettysburg College
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Book Chapter
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This article examines key figures in iconoclastic controversies that developed in the early Ming (1368-1644) era in China. The scholar-official Qiu Jun (1421-1495), the compiler of the massive guide to statecraft and governance titled Supplement to the Extended Meaning of the Great Learning (Daxue yanyi bu 大學衍義補), believed that anthropomorphic images of Confucius in official temples should be destroyed and replaced with spirit tablets inscribed with the name of the deceased. This essay explores the philosophical and religious arguments of Qiu Jun and other early Ming thinkers regarding the use of images in ritual contexts.
Citation Information
Sommer, Deborah. "邱濬與明代儒家廢存之議 " (Qiu Jun and iconoclasm in the Ming dynasty). Translated into Chinese by Wong Sin-Kiong. In Zhu Ruikai 祝瑞開, ed., 宋明思想和中華文明 (Song and Ming thought and Chinese culture). Shanghai: Xuelin chubanshe, 1995: pp. 437-444.