Excavated Texts and a New Portrait of the Early Confucians

Zhongjiang Wang, Kevin J. Turner (Translator)

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    The main theme of this book is how newly excavated texts have provided new energy and perspectives to allow us to renew our understanding of ancient Chinese thought, especially that of Confucianism. Through an analysis of texts from the Guodian, Shanghai Museum, and other collections of excavated manuscripts, this book undertakes a wide-ranging analysis of Confucian thought in itself and also its influence on other trends of thought in ancient China. It focuses on such topics as morality, virtue, and self-cultivation, political philosophy, circumstance, and the relationship between human beings, others, and the natural world. It rethinks core Confucian concepts such as ren or “benevolence” and shendu or " one’s moral nature” as well as great Confucian notions on circumstance and political philosophy. This book also illustrates the influence that Confucian philosophy had during the Warring States period showing that elements of its moral philosophy informed the consciousness and behavior of state officials in such places as the state of Qin. Excavated texts are an inescapable part of Chinese philosophy, as such this book is invaluable to anyone wishing to understand ancient Chinese philosophy, Confucianism, and anyone interested in the interplay between material and intellectual culture.

    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationNew York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien
    PublisherPeter Lang AG
    Number of pages390
    ISBN (Electronic)9781433183027, 9781433183034, 9781433183041
    ISBN (Print)9781433183010
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2021

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