Law and Morality in Ancient China: The Silk Manuscripts of Huang-Lao

Law and Morality in Ancient China: The Silk Manuscripts of Huang-Lao

by R. P. Peerenboom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791412377

ISBN-13: 9780791412374

Pub. Date: 03/28/1993

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Huang-Lao thought, a unique and sophisticated political philosophy which combines elements of Daoism and Legalism, dominated the intellectual life of late Warring States and Early Han China, providing the ideological foundation for post-Qin reforms. In the absence of extant texts, however, scholars of classical Chinese philosophy remained in the dark about this

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Huang-Lao thought, a unique and sophisticated political philosophy which combines elements of Daoism and Legalism, dominated the intellectual life of late Warring States and Early Han China, providing the ideological foundation for post-Qin reforms. In the absence of extant texts, however, scholars of classical Chinese philosophy remained in the dark about this important school for over 2000 years. Finally, in 1973, archaeologists unearthed four ancient silk scrolls: the Silk Manuscripts of Huang-Lao. This work is the first detailed, book-length treatment in English of these lost treasures.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791412374
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Series:
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture Series
Pages:
380
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter I Introduction
1. The Silk Manuscripts of Huang-Lao
1.1 Text
1.2 Title
1.3 Authorship
1.4 Dating
2. Methodology
2.1 Philosophy of Law: A Hermeneutical Framework

Chapter II The Natural Way of Huang-Lao
1. Foundational Naturalism
1.1 Huang-Lao Naturalism
1.2 Huang-Lao Foundationalism
2. The Nature of Nature
2.1 Nature as Impersonal
2.2 Nature as Constant
2.3 Nature as Rule Governed
3. The Place of Humans Within the Natural Order
3.1 Dao
3.2 Xing Ming: Forms and Names
3.3 Li: Principle
3.4 Fa: Law
4. Following the Way
4.1 Naturalist Foundations of Social Institutions
4.2 Metaphors of Compliance
4.3 Huang-Lao Epistemology

Chapter III The Social and Political Philosophy of Huang-Lao
1. Huang-Lao Natural Law Jurisprudence
1.1 Rule of Law
1.2 Rule of Natural Law
2. The Huang-Lao State
2.1 Yellow Emperor as Symbol
2.2 Centralized Feudal Bureaucracy
2.3 Government for the People

Chapter IV The Anthropocentric Pragmatism of Confucius
1. General Character of Confucius's Philosophy
1.1 Pragmatic Coherence versus Foundational Correspondence
1.2 Pragmatic Coherence and the Logical-Aesthetic Distinction
2. Confucius's Social and Political Philosophy
2.1 Jurisprudence
2.2 Politics of Harmony
2.3 A Huang-Lao Critique

Chapter V The Pragmatic Statesmanship of Han Fei
1. Han Fei's Legal Positivism
1.1 Rule by Law
1.2 Rule by Positive Law
2. Han Fei's Pragmatic Arts of Rulership
2.1 The Practical Way of Han Fei
2.2 Han Fei's Legalist State

Chapter VI The Daoist Ways of Lao Zi and Zhuang Zi
1. Lao Zi's Way
1.1 Zhi as Discovery
1.2 Dao as Emergent Order
2. Zhuang Zi's Way
2.1 Zhi Dao: Realizing an Emergent Order
2.2 Zhuang Zi's Politics of Harmony

Chapter VII The Evolution of Huang-Lao Thought
1. Antecedents
1.1 Emergence of Naturalism
1.2 Jixia Academy
2. Ascendence in the Early Han
2.1 Huang-Lao: A Response to the Times
2.2 Huang-Lao Policies and Early Han Politics
3. The Fall from Power
3.1 Court Intrigue
3.2 Explaining the Fall
4. Dénouement
4.1 Huang-Lao and Religious Daoism
4.2 Naturalism and Immortality

Chapter VIII Epilogue
1. Huang-Lao and Contemporary Philosophy
2. Huang-Lao and Contemporary Jurisprudence in the PRC

Appendix: He Guan Zi and Huang-Lao Thought

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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