A Critique of Jiang Qing’s Grounding of the Right to Rule
This chapter defends another interpretation of heaven that is neither transcendent nor anthropocentric: it argues that heaven is necessarily interrelated in a “heaven–earth–humanity” triad. It calls into question Jiang's view that there is one transcendent heaven occupying a higher position that generates a differentiated heaven. The notion of a transcendent heaven is redundant and illogical. It makes no sense to say that heaven can be both one thing that generates something else and one part of something else that is generated by it. The chapter speculates that the real reason for Jiang's metaphysical position is the need to justify an Academy that represents heaven and stands above the tricameral parliament.
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