Methods of the Way: Early Chinese Ethical Thought

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In the second century B.C. the Chinese political philosopher Jia Yi allegedly composed his Daoshu (Methods of the way). In this work he describes the early development of terms for proper comportment, and it would eventually turn out to be an important source for our knowledge of the early development of Chinese ethical thought. The author of this new study, Rune Svarverud, defines a set of 112 key terms of early Chinese ethics in the text Daoshu.
The second part is devoted to an annotated translation of the Daoshu chapter, followed by a detailed analysis of the development of these ethical terms. In the first part the author deals with the textual authenticity and transmission. This work is an important contribution to our understanding of the roles of ethics in early China.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004110106
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/27/1998
  • Series: Sinica Leidensia Series, #42
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Rune Svarverud, Ph.D. (1996) in Chinese, University of Oslo, is currently holding a scholarship at the University of Oslo working on late Qing political terminology. He has published articles on the Chinese political tradition. Svarverud is also coauthor of Chinese-Norwegian dictionary (Kunnskapsforlaget/Wenyi chubanshe, 1997).
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 External Evidence for the Transmission of Xinshu 1
Ch. 2 Internal Evidence for the Transmission of Xinshu 92
Ch. 3 Annotated Translation of the Daoshu Chapter 154
Ch. 4 Comparative Study of Ethical Terms in the Daoshu Chapter 189
App Tables of Xinshu textual parallelism 397
Bibliography 409
Index 421
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2006


    I recommend the following journal article about this book: Luo, Shaodan. (2003). Inadequacy of Karlgren's Linguistic Method as Seen in Rune Svarverud's Study of the Xinshu. Journal of Chinese Linguistics. 32(2): 270-299.

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