Goudian The Newly Discovered Seeds of Chinese Religious and Political Philosophy

Hardcover | January 29, 2009

byKenneth Holloway

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Fourteen years ago, a corpus of bamboo-strip texts was found in a late-fourth-century-BCE tomb at Jingmen, Hubei province in central China. The discovery of the "Guodian" texts, together with other recently discovered Warring States manuscripts, has revolutionized the study of early Chineseintellectual history. Kenneth Holloway argues that the Guodian corpus puts forth a political philosophy based on the harmonious interconnection of individuals engaged in moral self cultivation. This unique worldview, says Holloway, cannot meaningfully be categorized as "Confucian" or "Daoist,"because it shares important concepts and vocabulary with a number of different textual traditions that have anachronistically been characterized as competing or incompatible "schools" of thought. He finds that within the Guodian corpus familiar philosophical concepts and texts are applied indistinctive ways, presenting a worldview that is quite different from the received textual traditions. In addition to contributing to our understanding of this particular body of texts, Holloway proposes a methodology for assessing a corpus of texts without relying on assumptions and definitionsthat derive from two millennia of scholarship.

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Fourteen years ago, a corpus of bamboo-strip texts was found in a late-fourth-century-BCE tomb at Jingmen, Hubei province in central China. The discovery of the "Guodian" texts, together with other recently discovered Warring States manuscripts, has revolutionized the study of early Chineseintellectual history. Kenneth Holloway argues ...

Kenneth Holloway is Assistant Professor of History and Levenson Professor of Asian Studies, Florida Atlantic University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:January 29, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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