Zhi Xi

Life Dates:
1130 – 1200
Artist Biography:
Zhu Xi or Chu Hsi (Chinese: 朱熹) was born to the Yuxi, Fujian province of China and was a Song Dynasty Confucian scholar who became the leading figure of the School of Principle and the most influential rationalist Neo-Confucian in China. His contribution to Chinese philosophy included his assigning special significance to the Analects of Confucius, the Mencius, the Great Learning, and the Doctrine of the Mean (the Four Books), his emphasis on the investigation of things (gewu), and the synthesis of all fundamental Confucian concepts.