The Follow-up Writings to Reflections on Things at Hand and Their Significance in History of Thoughts and Academics
Abstract: Compiled by Zhu Xi and Lü Zuqian in 840 years ago, Reflections on Things at Hand was originally a Neo-Confucian primer for the backcountry scholars, but later intellectuals extracted great potential values out of it step by step, thus finally making it one of the classics which could be most representative of the mainstream academics in ancient China. The follow-up writings to the book in later ages of continuations, supplements, imitations, annotations, collected annotations, and notes amount to over one hundred kinds. There are also hundreds of writings of annotation, narration, and interpretation by scholars from ancient Japan and Korea. As one classic of ancient academic thought, this book of course has the durable ideological significance, academic value as well as its position in the ancient and modern transformation; besides, the numerous follow-up writings to the book widely spread in China and East Asia over the past seven or eight centuries, are also a great deal of precious resources in the history of academic thoughts for the later generations.