Cheng Hao

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Ch’eng Hao

 

Born 1032; died 1085. Chinese philosopher; a founder of neo-Confucianism.

Ch’eng Hao, together with his brother Ch’eng I, developed one of the fundamental ideas of neo-Confucianism—the concept of li. Li is a universal law that is both singular and diverse; it is inherent in and governs all people, things, and phenomena. Li is self-evident and independent, and it can be neither increased, or strengthened, nor diminished, or weakened. Ch’eng Hao was greatly concerned with the idea of existence as a continual process of birth and rebirth; all things possess a “life-giving principle”—namely, jen, or “humaneness.” Jen eliminates the barriers between the self and all else, and it unites the heavens, earth, and man.

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For example, referring to an instance of apparent disagreement between Ch'eng Hao (1032-1083) on the one hand, and Ch'eng I and Chu Hsi on the other, Lo remarked that "inasmuch as their theories all coexist, one must try to find a way to reconcile them and recover the ultimate unity" (p.