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

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The Huainanzi is one of the seminal works of Chinese thought at the beginning of the imperial era, a summary of early Taoist philosophy. Major presents the first full English translations, with detailed commentaries, of three key chapters, "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. Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791415863
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Series: Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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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