Heaven and Earth in Early Han Thought Book

Heaven and Earth in Early Han Thought

  • Author : John S. Major
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 1993-08-03
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN 10 : 0791415864

Heaven and Earth in Early Han Thought Excerpt :

The Huainanzi has in recent years been recognized by scholars as one of the seminal works of Chinese thought at the beginning of the imperial era, a summary of the full flowering of early Taoist philosophy. This book presents a study of three key chapters of the Huainanzi, “The Treatise on the Patterns of Heaven,” “The Treatise on Topography,” and “The Treatise on the Seasonal Rules,” which collectively comprise the most comprehensive extant statement of cosmological thinking in the early Han period. Major presents, for the first time, full English translations of these treatises. He supplements the translations with detailed commentaries that clarify the sometimes arcane language of the text and presents a fascinating picture of the ancient Chinese view of how the world was formed and sustained, and of the role of humans in the cosmos.

Transcendence and Non Naturalism in Early Chinese Thought Book

Transcendence and Non Naturalism in Early Chinese Thought

  • Author : Alexus McLeod
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-09-03
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350082557

Transcendence and Non Naturalism in Early Chinese Thought Excerpt :

Contemporary scholars of Chinese philosophy often presuppose that early China possessed a naturalistic worldview, devoid of any non-natural concepts, such as transcendence. Challenging this presupposition head-on, Joshua R. Brown and Alexus McLeod argue that non-naturalism and transcendence have a robust and significant place in early Chinese thought. This book reveals that non-naturalist positions can be found in early Chinese texts, in topics including conceptions of the divine, cosmogony, and apophatic philosophy. Moreover, by closely examining a range of early Chinese texts, and providing comparative readings of a number of Western texts and thinkers, the book offers a way of reading early Chinese Philosophy as consistent with the religious philosophy of the East and West, including the Abrahamic and the Brahmanistic religions. Co-written by a philosopher and theologian, this book draws out unique insights into early Chinese thought, highlighting in particular new ways to consider a range of Chinese concepts, including tian, dao, li, and you/wu.

Excavating the Afterlife Book

Excavating the Afterlife

  • Author : Guolong Lai
  • Publisher : University of Washington Press
  • Release Date : 2015-05-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780295805702

Excavating the Afterlife Excerpt :

In Excavating the Afterlife, Guolong Lai explores the dialectical relationship between sociopolitical change and mortuary religion from an archaeological perspective. By examining burial structure, grave goods, and religious documents unearthed from groups of well-preserved tombs in southern China, Lai shows that new attitudes toward the dead, resulting from the trauma of violent political struggle and warfare, permanently altered the early Chinese conceptions of this world and the afterlife. The book grounds the important changes in religious beliefs and ritual practices firmly in the sociopolitical transition from the Warring States (ca. 453�221 BCE) to the early empires (3rd century�1st century BCE). A methodologically sophisticated synthesis of archaeological, art historical, and textual sources, Excavating the Afterlife will be of interest to art historians, archaeologists, and textual scholars of China, as well as to students of comparative religions. For more information: http://arthistorypi.org/books/excavating-the-afterlife

After Confucius Book

After Confucius

  • Author : Paul R. Goldin
  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • Release Date : 2017-04-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9780824873998

After Confucius Excerpt :

After Confucius is a collection of eight studies of Chinese philosophy from the time of Confucius to the formation of the empire in the second and third centuries B.C.E. As detailed in a masterful introduction, each essay serves as a concrete example of “thick description”—an approach invented by philosopher Gilbert Ryle—which aims to reveal the logic that informs an observable exchange among members of a community or society. To grasp the significance of such exchanges, it is necessary to investigate the networks of meaning on which they rely. Paul R. Goldin argues that the character of ancient Chinese philosophy can be appreciated only if we recognize the cultural codes underlying the circulation of ideas in that world. Thick description is the best preliminary method to determine how Chinese thinkers conceived of their own enterprise. Who were the ancient Chinese philosophers? What was their intended audience? What were they arguing about? How did they respond to earlier thinkers, and to each other? Why did those in power wish to hear from them, and what did they claim to offer in return for patronage? Goldin addresses these questions as he looks at several topics, including rhetorical conventions of Chinese philosophical literature; the value of recently excavated manuscripts for the interpretation of the more familiar, received literature; and the duty of translators to convey the world of concerns of the original texts. Each of the cases investigated in this wide-ranging volume exemplifies the central conviction behind Goldin’s plea for thick description: We do not do justice to classical Chinese philosophy unless we engage squarely the complex and ancient culture that engendered it. An electronic version of this book is freely available thanks to the support of libraries working with Knowledge Unlatched, a collaborative initiative designed to make high-quality books open access for the public good. The open-access version of this book is licensed un

Picturing Heaven in Early China Book

Picturing Heaven in Early China

  • Author : Lillian Lan-ying Tseng
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2020-03-17
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 446
  • ISBN 10 : 9781684175093

Picturing Heaven in Early China Excerpt :

Tian, or Heaven, had multiple meanings in early China. It had been used since the Western Zhou to indicate both the sky and the highest god, and later came to be regarded as a force driving the movement of the cosmos and as a home to deities and imaginary animals. By the Han dynasty, which saw an outpouring of visual materials depicting Heaven, the concept of Heaven encompassed an immortal realm to which humans could ascend after death. Using excavated materials, Lillian Tseng shows how Han artisans transformed various notions of Heaven—as the mandate, the fantasy, and the sky—into pictorial entities. The Han Heaven was not indicated by what the artisans looked at, but rather was suggested by what they looked into. Artisans attained the visibility of Heaven by appropriating and modifying related knowledge of cosmology, mythology, astronomy. Thus the depiction of Heaven in Han China reflected an interface of image and knowledge. By examining Heaven as depicted in ritual buildings, on household utensils, and in the embellishments of funerary settings, Tseng maintains that visibility can hold up a mirror to visuality; Heaven was culturally constructed and should be culturally reconstructed.

Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought Book

Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought

  • Author : Amy Olberding
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2012-01-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 323
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438435640

Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought Excerpt :

A wide-ranging exploration of traditional Chinese views of mortality.

The Huainanzi and Textual Production in Early China Book

The Huainanzi and Textual Production in Early China

  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2014-04-03
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 414
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004265325

The Huainanzi and Textual Production in Early China Excerpt :

The Han dynasty Huainanzi is a compendium of knowledge. This edited volume follows a multi-disciplinary approach to explore how and why the Huainanzi was produced and how we should interpret the work.

Huainanzi and Liu An s Claim to Moral Authority  The Book

Huainanzi and Liu An s Claim to Moral Authority The

  • Author : Griet Vankeerberghen
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2001-01-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 225
  • ISBN 10 : 9780791489734

Huainanzi and Liu An s Claim to Moral Authority The Excerpt :

An innovative analysis both of the Huainanzi, a text from China's Han period, and of the events that surrounded this work.

A Communion of Subjects Book

A Communion of Subjects

  • Author : Paul Waldau
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-05-22
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 720
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231136433

A Communion of Subjects Excerpt :

A Communion of Subjects is the first comparative and interdisciplinary study of the conceptualization of animals in world religions. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including Thomas Berry (cultural history), Wendy Doniger (study of myth), Elizabeth Lawrence (veterinary medicine, ritual studies), Marc Bekoff (cognitive ethology), Marc Hauser (behavioral science), Steven Wise (animals and law), Peter Singer (animals and ethics), and Jane Goodall (primatology) consider how major religious traditions have incorporated animals into their belief systems, myths, rituals, and art. Their findings offer profound insights into the relationship between human beings and animals, and a deeper understanding of the social and ecological web in which we all live.

Yinyang Book
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  • Author : Robin Wang
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-09-24
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9780521165136

Yinyang Excerpt :

The concept of yinyang lies at the heart of Chinese thought and culture. This book explores the relationship between these two opposing forces.

How Master Mou Removes Our Doubts Book

How Master Mou Removes Our Doubts

  • Author : John P. Keenan
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 1994-01-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 229
  • ISBN 10 : 0791422038

How Master Mou Removes Our Doubts Excerpt :

This is the first English translation of the earliest Chinese Buddhist text, but it is more than a translation. Keenan shows that Mou-tzu's Treatise on Alleviating Doubt is a Buddhist hermeneutic on the Chinese classics. Using a reader-response method of examining the text, Keenan shows how the rhetoric convinces readers that one can remain culturally Chinese yet be a Buddhist. The Introduction explains the reader-response methodology, develops the movement of the dialogue in terms of this method, and clarifies the rhetorical impact of Master Mou's argument. The Introduction is followed by the thirty-seven articles of the text. Each article is first translated into English, then the contextual images and ideas are unpacked for each, and finally each article is subjected to a reader-response critique that shows what the argument accomplishes in each of its progressive steps.

Proceedings of the British Academy  Volume 117 Book

Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 117

  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2003-01-16
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 543
  • ISBN 10 : 0197262791

Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 117 Excerpt :

Volume 117 of the Proceedings of the British Academy contains 16 lectures delivered at the British Academy in 2001.

To Become a God Book

To Become a God

  • Author : Michael J. Puett
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2020-10-26
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781684170418

To Become a God Excerpt :

Evidence from Shang oracle bones to memorials submitted to Western Han emperors attests to a long-lasting debate in early China over the proper relationship between humans and gods. One pole of the debate saw the human and divine realms as separate and agonistic and encouraged divination to determine the will of the gods and sacrifices to appease and influence them. The opposite pole saw the two realms as related and claimed that humans could achieve divinity and thus control the cosmos. This wide-ranging book reconstructs this debate and places within their contemporary contexts the rival claims concerning the nature of the cosmos and the spirits, the proper demarcation between the human and the divine realms, and the types of power that humans and spirits can exercise. It is often claimed that the worldview of early China was unproblematically monistic and that hence China had avoided the tensions between gods and humans found in the West. By treating the issues of cosmology, sacrifice, and self-divinization in a historical and comparative framework that attends to the contemporary significance of specific arguments, Michael J. Puett shows that the basic cosmological assumptions of ancient China were the subject of far more debate than is generally thought.

Key Concepts in Chinese Philosophy Book

Key Concepts in Chinese Philosophy

  • Author : Zhang Dainian
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2002-01-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 532
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300092103

Key Concepts in Chinese Philosophy Excerpt :

An introduction to Chinese philosophy and a reference tool for sinologists. Comments by important Chinese thinkers are arranged around 64 key concepts to illustrate their meaning and use through 25 centuries of Chinese philosophy. The book includes comments on each section by the translator.

Daoism Handbook Book

Daoism Handbook

  • Author : Livia Kohn
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2000-06-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 914
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004391840

Daoism Handbook Excerpt :

This handbook provides key information on the Daoist tradition in an easily accessible yet highly readable format. It contains a coherent collection of thirty articles by major scholars in the field and presents the latest level of research available today. A highly useful resource for both scholars and students.