An Interpretation of the Relationship between Man and Nature in Wei Jins’ Metaphysics: Based on the Confucian Ethical Code of the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove and Nature


The Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove
Transcending the realities and embracing our nature
Man and nature




“Nature” and “the Confucian ethical code” are two of Wei Jins’ most important metaphysics. The ethical restrictions of “the Confucian ethical code” and the conflict of free development lie behind this pair of diametrically opposed philosophical conceptions. The Seven Sages proposed the concept of “transcending the realities and embracing our nature,” which was strongly influenced by Lao-Tze and Chuang-tzu. They advocated for the tremendous liberation of man’s nature, as well as a new explanation for man’s relationship with nature: human nature is also nature, enlightening future generations to maintain a harmonious relationship with nature.