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: 0791412385

ISBN-13: 9780791412381

Pub. Date: 02/28/1993

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:
9780791412381
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/28/1993
Series:
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. IIntroduction1
1The Silk Manuscripts of Huang-Lao1
1.1Text6
1.2Title7
1.3Authorship9
1.4Dating12
2Methodology19
2.1Philosophy of Law: A Hermeneutical Framework20
Ch. IIThe Natural Way of Huang-Lao27
1Foundational Naturalism27
1.1Huang-Lao Naturalism28
1.2Huang-Lao Foundationalism31
2The Nature of Nature41
2.1Nature as Impersonal42
2.2Nature as Constant43
2.3Nature as Rule Governed43
3The Place of Humans Within the Natural Order51
3.1Dao51
3.2Xing Ming: Forms and Names55
3.3Li: Principle61
3.4Fa: Law61
4Following the Way62
4.1Naturalist Foundations of Social Institutions62
4.2Metaphors of Compliance64
4.3Huang-Lao Epistemology70
Ch. IIIThe Social and Political Philosophy of Huang-Lao75
1Huang-Lao Natural Law Jurisprudence76
1.1Rule of Law76
1.2Rule of Natural Law79
2The Huang-Lao State84
2.1Yellow Emperor as Symbol84
2.2Centralized Feudal Bureaucracy92
2.3Government for the People98
Ch. IVThe Anthropocentric Pragmatism of Confucius103
1General Character of Confucius's Philosophy105
1.1Pragmatic Coherence versus Foundational Correspondence105
1.2Pragmatic Coherence and the Logical-Aesthetic Distinction113
2Confucius's Social and Political Philosophy118
2.1Jurisprudence118
2.2Politics of Harmony126
2.3A Huang-Lao Critique133
Ch. VThe Pragmatic Statesmanship of Han Fei139
1Han Fei's Legal Positivism140
1.1Rule by Law140
1.2Rule by Positive Law142
2Han Fei's Pragmatic Arts of Rulership153
2.1The Practical Way of Han Fei154
2.2Han Fei's Legalist State161
Ch. VIThe Daoist Ways of Lao Zi and Zhuang Zi171
1Lao Zi's Way172
1.1Zhi as Discovery177
1.2Dao as Emergent Order191
2Zhuang Zi's Way197
2.1Zhi Dao: Realizing an Emergent Order197
2.2Zhuang Zi's Politics of Harmony205
Ch. VIIThe Evolution of Huang-Lao Thought217
1Antecedents218
1.1Emergence of Naturalism218
1.2Jixia Academy224
2Ascendence in the Early Han242
2.1Huang-Lao: A Response to the Times242
2.2Huang-Lao Policies and Early Han Politics244
3The Fall from Power249
3.1Court Intrigue249
3.2Explaining the Fall251
4Denouement256
4.1Huang-Lao and Religious Daoism256
4.2Naturalism and Immortality257
Ch. VIIIEpilogue263
1Huang-Lao and Contemporary Philosophy265
2Huang-Lao and Contemporary Jurisprudence in the PRC266
Appendix: He Guan Zi and Huang-Lao Thought273
Notes285
Bibliography355
Index375

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