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Yuanru kaolüe 元儒考略

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Yuanru kaolüe 元儒考略 "Concise Treatise on Confucian Scholars from the Yuan Period" is a collection of biographies of Confucian masters Yuan period 元 (1279-1368) compiled by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Feng Congwu 馮從吾, courtesy name Feng Zhonghao 馮仲好. He came from Chang'an 長安 (modern Xi'an 西安, Shaanxi), obtained his jinshi degree in 1589 and rose to the office of Minister of Works (gongbu shangshu 工部尚書). He was himself an admirer of the early Neo-Confucian masters Zhou Dunyi 周敦頤 and the brothers Cheng Yi 程頤 and Cheng Hao 程顥 and compiled several treatises on philosophical topics, like Fengzi jieyao 馮子節要, Feng Shaoxu ji 馮少墟集 and Guwen jixuan 古文輯選.
His 4 juan "scrolls" long Yuanru kaolüe includes critical biographies that are enriched with a lot of sources on their lives and thoughts. The length of the biographies is not equal, but corresponds to the importance or influence of the individual scholars. Unfortunately the text is afflicted by many errors, but nevertheless, it is a rich source for the history of thought during the Yuan period. The book is included in the imperial collectanea Siku quanshu 四庫全書.


Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed. 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 984.

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