Heaven and Earth in Early Han Thought: Chapters Three, Four, and Five of the Huainanzi

Heaven and Earth in Early Han Thought: Chapters Three, Four, and Five of the Huainanzi

by John S. Major
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791415864

ISBN-13: 9780791415863

Pub. Date: 08/03/1993

Publisher: State University of New York Press

The Huainanzi has in recent years been recognized by scholars as one of the seminal works of Chinese thought at the beginning of the imperial era, a summary of the full flowering of early Taoist philosophy. This book presents a study of three key chapters of the Huainanzi, “The Treatise on the Patterns of Heaven,” “The Treatise on Topography,”

Overview

The Huainanzi has in recent years been recognized by scholars as one of the seminal works of Chinese thought at the beginning of the imperial era, a summary of the full flowering of early Taoist philosophy. This book presents a study of three key chapters of the Huainanzi, “The Treatise on the Patterns of Heaven,” “The Treatise on Topography,” and “The Treatise on the Seasonal Rules,” which collectively comprise the most comprehensive extant statement of cosmological thinking in the early Han period.

Major presents, for the first time, full English translations of these treatises. He supplements the translations with detailed commentaries that clarify the sometimes arcane language of the text and presents a fascinating picture of the ancient Chinese view of how the world was formed and sustained, and of the role of humans in the cosmos.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791415863
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/03/1993
Series:
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

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Table of Contents

Illustrations

Acknowledgments

1. Preliminary Considerations

2. A General Introduction to Early Han Cosmology

3. Huainanzi Chapter 3: Tianwenxun

The Treatise on the Patterns of Heaven
Translation and Commentary

4. Huainanzi Chapter 4: Dixingxun

The Treatise on Topography
Translation and Commentary

5. Huainanzi Chapter 5: Shicixun

The Treatise on the Seasonal Rules
Translation and Commentary

Appendix A. "A Chinese Eratosthenes of the Flat Earth: A Study of a Fragment of Cosmology in Huainanzi" by Christopher Cullen

Appendix B. The Heavenly Stems, the Earthly Branches and the Sexagenary Cycle

Technical and Textual Notes

Reference Notes

Bibliography

Index

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