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: 08/01/1993

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

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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:
08/01/1993
Series:
Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
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
1Preliminary Considerations1
2A General Introduction to Early Han Cosmology23
3Huainanzi Chapter 3: Tianwenxun: The Treatise on the Patterns of Heaven: Translation and Commentary55
4Huainanzi Chapter 4: Dixingxun: The Treatise on Topography: Translation and Commentary141
5Huainanzi Chapter 5: Shicixun: The Treatise on the Seasonal Rules: Translation and Commentary217
Appendix A: "A Chinese Eratosthenes of the Flat Earth: A Study of a Fragment of Cosmology in Huainanzi" by Christopher Cullen269
Appendix B: The Heavenly Stems, the Earthly Branches and the Sexagenary Cycle291
Technical and Textual Notes293
Reference Notes323
Bibliography347
Index377

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