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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2020, 3(11); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2020.031107.

Textual Research on the Origin of the Names of "Yi Wen Zhi" and "Jing Ji Zhi"


Sumin Yang1,*

Corresponding Author:
Sumin Yang

1 College of Liberal Arts, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225002, China
*Corresponding Author


In the official history of China, only "Book of Sui" and "Old Historical Records of Tang Dynasty" are called "Jing Ji Zhi", and the rest of history books are called "Yi Wen Zhi", which is rarely verified by academic circles. In terms of the original meaning of the word, "Yi Wen" refers to the Confucian classics, and "Jing Ji" refers to Confucian classics or books in general. From the actual use of the Han people, "Yi Wen" and "Jing Ji" all refer to Confucian classics. The use of these two words is closely related to the rise and fall of Confucianism. During the Han Dynasty, Confucianism flourished, and it was named after "Yi Wen Zhi" to highlight the Confucian classics of governing the country. From the Wei, Jin, Southern and Northern Dynasties to the Sui and Tang Dynasties, Confucianism was affected by Buddhism and Taoism and its status declined, so it was renamed "Jing Ji Zhi." In order to follow this tradition initiated by "The History of the Han Dynasty", it was changed back to the name "Yi Wen Zhi".


"Yi Wen"; "Jing Ji"; Six Classics; Confucianism The History of the Han Dynasty

Cite This Paper

Sumin Yang. Textual Research on the Origin of the Names of "Yi Wen Zhi" and "Jing Ji Zhi". Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2020) Vol. 3, Issue 11: 50-56. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2020.031107.


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