From Chronicle to Canon: The Hermeneutics of the Spring and Autumn according to Tung Chung-shu

From Chronicle to Canon: The Hermeneutics of the Spring and Autumn according to Tung Chung-shu

by Sarah A. Queen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521482267

ISBN-13: 9780521482264

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Every general account of the development of Chinese thought makes mention of Tung Chung-shu (ca. 195 - 105 B.C.E.) as one of the pivotal philosophers of the Han (206 B.C.E. - 220 C.E.). Tung's interpretations helped establish the first state-sponsored Confucian Canon, and created an ideal of the ruler and his role in government that was central to political discussion…  See more details below

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Every general account of the development of Chinese thought makes mention of Tung Chung-shu (ca. 195 - 105 B.C.E.) as one of the pivotal philosophers of the Han (206 B.C.E. - 220 C.E.). Tung's interpretations helped establish the first state-sponsored Confucian Canon, and created an ideal of the ruler and his role in government that was central to political discussion for two thousand years. The lengthy work attributed to him, the Luxuriant Gems of the Spring and Autumn (Ch'un-ch'iu fan-lu), has long been viewed as an important text for understanding the development of Chinese Confucianism. Professor Queen provides a new reading of this text and concludes that it was compiled several centuries after Tung's death, sometime between the third and sixth centuries C.E., from Tung's authentic writings and other materials not authored by him. By historizing the Luxuriant Gems of the Spring and Autumn, Queen allows a new view of Tung Chung-shu, one that sees his hermeneutics evolving not outside of history, but in relation to the political factors and doctrinal discourses that defined his day. Queen challenges the common assumption that Tung's purpose was to legitimate the political status quo. The author argues that Tung was a reformist, intent on persuading the emperor, whose power was institutionally unlimited, to accept voluntarily the role of sage-priest and become the ritual center of the realm, separated by his self-discipline from the business of governance for which his officials were responsible. From chronicle to canon also addresses Chinese religious phenomena. Approaching "scripture" not as a literary genre but as a religiohistorical phenomenon, Queen illuminates the nature of Confucian spirituality both in its own right and in relation to Western traditions of religiosity and textuality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521482264
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
1Introduction1
2A biography of Tung Chung-shu13
3A history of Tung Chung-shu's literary corpus39
4The authorship of the Ch'un-ch'iu fan-lu69
5The Spring and Autumn and Kung-yang tradition115
6Reforming the Ch'in laws127
7The wider circle of Han jurisprudence163
8Refashioning the imperial rites182
9Canon, cosmos, and court patronage206
10Conclusion227
Appendix 1The birth and death dates of Tung Chung-shu241
Appendix 2The dates of the Han-shu 56 memorials249
Appendix 3Han transmission of Kung-yang learning255
Appendix 4Han dynasty disciples of Tung Chung-shu256
Appendix 5Citations and titles attributed to Tung Chung-shu259
Appendix 6Transmission of Ch'un-ch'iu fan-lu editions264
Selected bibliography269
Index279

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