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Zhuzi quanshu 朱子全書

Jan 10, 2014 © Ulrich Theobald

(Yuzuan) Zhuzi quanshu (御纂)朱子全書, full title Yuanjianzhai yuzuan Zhuzi quanshu 淵鑒齋御纂朱子全書, was compiled in 1713 on imperial order under the supervision of Li Guangdi 李光地 (1642-1718) and Xiong Cilü 熊賜履 (1637-1709), with a length of 66 juan. The aim of the compilation was to provide a consistent overview of the teachings of the Song-period 宋 (960-1279) Neo-Confucian master Zhu Xi 朱熹 (1130-1200).

The collection Zhuzi yulei 朱子語類 classified teachings of Zhu Xi, but it was compiled by different persons, and was thus not consistently arranged according to themes, and was therefore of a very heterogeneous character and included many contradictions. The text of the Zhuzi quanshu is divided into 19 chapters that cover all important Confucian Classics or disciplines (like rites and music) and the most important Neo-Confucian terms and concepts. The text is based on the Zhuzi yulei and Zhu Xi's collected writings Zhu Wengong wenji 朱文公文集 (Hui'an ji 晦庵集).

The Zhuzi quanshu was printed by the Imperial Printing Shop in 1713 and then again in 1746 in a downscaled version by the Guxiang Hall 古香齋. It is also included in the imperial series Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

Table 1. Contents of the Zhuzi quanshu 朱子全書
1-6 Xue

On learning
7-9 大學 Daxue

The Great Learning
10-19 論語 Lunyu

The Confucian Analects
20-23 孟子 Mengzi

Master Meng
24-25 中庸 Zhongyong

The Doctrine of the Mean
26-32 Yi

The Book of Changes
33-34 Shu

The Book of Documents
35 Shi

The Book of Songs
36 春秋 Chunqiu

The Spring and Autumn Annals
37-40 Li

The ritual books
41 Yue

Texts on music
42-48 性理 Xingli

Human character and the Heavenly principle
49-50 理氣 Liqi

The Heavenly principle and substance
51 鬼神 Guishen

Ghosts and spirits
52-57 道統 Daotong

Unification by the Way
58-60 諸子 Zhuzi

The many masters
61-62 歷代 Lidai

Through the ages
63-64 治道 Zhidao

Knowledge of the Way
65 論文 Lunwen

On prose writings
論詩 Lunshi

On poems
字學 Zixue

On writing
科舉之學 Keju zhi xue

Learning for the state examinations
66 Fu


Lyric-metre poetry
琴操 Qinzao

Songs to the zither
古詩 Gushi

Poems in the ancient style
律詩 Lüshi

Regular poems
絕句 Jueju

Short poems
樂府 Yuefu

Poems in the style of the Music Bureau



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. 2, 1596.