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Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy

Dao Companion to the Excavated Guodian Bamboo Manuscripts

Editors: Chan, Shirley (Ed.)

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  • Is the first to cover a comprehensive discussion on the key philosophical concepts of the Guodian bamboo manuscripts
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This volume covers the philosophical, historical, religious, and interpretative aspects of the ancient Guodian bamboo manuscripts (郭店楚簡) which were disentombed in the Guodian Village in Hubei Province, China, in 1993. Considered to be the Chinese equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls, these manuscripts are archaeological finds whose importance cannot be underestimated. Many of the texts are without counterparts in the transmitted tradition, and they provide unique insights into the developments of Chinese philosophy in the period between the death of Confucius (551-479 BCE) and the writings of Mencius (c.372-289 BCE), and beyond. 

 

Divided into two parts, the book first provides inter-textual contexts and backgrounds of the Guodian manuscripts. The second part covers the main concepts and arguments in the Guodian texts, including cosmology and metaphysics, political philosophy, moral psychology, and theory of human nature. The thematic essays serve as an introduction to the philosophical significance and the key philosophical concepts/thought of each text contained in the Guodian corpus. Each chapter has a section on the implications of the texts for the received tradition, or for the purpose of comparing some of the text(s) with the received tradition in terms of the key philosophical concepts as well as the reading and interpretation of the texts. The volume covers most of the texts inscribed on the 800-odd slips of the Guodian corpus dated to the fourth century BCE.


About the authors

Shirley Chan is Associate Professor and Head of Chinese Studies of Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She specializes in researches on ancient Chinese culture covering philosophy, textual studies, intellectual history, and excavated bamboo manuscripts, on which she has published extensively in both English and Chinese. She has been invited to appear in programs produced by the BBC, ABC and SBS on traditional Chinese thought and culture. Professor Chan has served as President of Chinese Studies Association of Australia and member of Editorial Board of several international journals including the Bamboo and Silk (Brill) and the Journal of Oriental Society of Australia.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Excavated Guodian 郭店 Bamboo Manuscripts

    Pages 1-17

    Chan, Shirley

  • The Guodian Laozi 老子 Materials

    Pages 21-39

    Perkins, Franklin

  • On Citation Practices in the Guodian Manuscripts

    Pages 41-62

    He, Ruyue (et al.)

  • Shu 書 (Documents) Repertoire in Argument-Based Texts from Guodian: The Case of Cheng zhi 成之 (Things Brought to Completion)

    Pages 63-88

    Meyer, Dirk

  • How to Achieve Good Governance: Arguments in the Tang Yu zhi dao 唐虞之道 (The Way of Tang and Yu) and the Zhong xin zhi dao 忠信之道 (The Principles of Uprightness and Reliability)

    Pages 89-115

    Schimmelpfennig, Michael

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-04633-0
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04632-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dao Companion to the Excavated Guodian Bamboo Manuscripts
Editors
  • Shirley Chan
Series Title
Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy
Series Volume
10
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04633-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04633-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04632-3
Series ISSN
2211-0275
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 375
Number of Illustrations
125 b/w illustrations
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