The Animal and the Daemon in Early China / Edition 1

The Animal and the Daemon in Early China / Edition 1

by Roel Sterckx
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791452700

ISBN-13: 9780791452707

Pub. Date: 04/28/2002

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Exploring the cultural perception of animals in early Chinese thought, this careful reading of Warring States and Han dynasty writings analyzes how views of animals were linked to human self perception and investigates the role of the animal world in the conception of ideals of sagehood and socio-political authority. Roel Sterckx shows how perceptions of the animal…  See more details below

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Exploring the cultural perception of animals in early Chinese thought, this careful reading of Warring States and Han dynasty writings analyzes how views of animals were linked to human self perception and investigates the role of the animal world in the conception of ideals of sagehood and socio-political authority. Roel Sterckx shows how perceptions of the animal world influenced early Chinese views of man’s place among the living species and in the world at large. He argues that the classic Chinese perception of the world did not insist on clear categorical or ontological boundaries between animals, humans, and other creatures such as ghosts and spirits. Instead the animal realm was positioned as part of an organic whole and the mutual relationships among the living species—both as natural and cultural creatures—were characterized as contingent, continuous, and interdependent.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791452707
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Series:
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
385
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Contextualizing Animals1
Ch. 1Defining Animals15
Ch. 2Animals and Officers45
Ch. 3Categorizing Animals69
Ch. 4The Animal and Territory93
Ch. 5Transforming the Beasts123
Ch. 6Changing Animals165
Ch. 7Strange Animals205
Conclusion239
Notes245
Bibliography321
Index353

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