Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought

Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought

by Amy Olberding
     
 

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Mortality in Traditional China is the definitive exploration of a complex and fascinating but little-understood subject. Arguably, death as a concept has not been nearly as central a preoccupation in Chinese culture as it has been in the West. However, even in a society that seems to understand death as a part of life, responses to mortality are revealing and indicate… See more details below

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Mortality in Traditional China is the definitive exploration of a complex and fascinating but little-understood subject. Arguably, death as a concept has not been nearly as central a preoccupation in Chinese culture as it has been in the West. However, even in a society that seems to understand death as a part of life, responses to mortality are revealing and indicate much about what is valued and what is feared. This edited volume fills the lacuna on this subject, presenting an array of philosophical, artistic, historical, and religious perspectives on death during a variety of historical periods. Contributors look at material culture, including findings now available from the Mawangdui tomb excavations; consider death in Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist traditions; and discuss death and the history and philosophy of war.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“…the volume provides a provocative and multifaceted entry into the study of mortality in traditional Chinese thought … [it] demonstrates the richness of Chinese responses to mortality, inviting scholars to extend the scope of related scholarship beyond what is contained within its pages.” — Mortality

“…critical considerations … do not remotely eclipse the great academic value of this edited book which will, no doubt, very soon become an essential work of reference for all those who are interested in the study of death in Chinese civilization.” — Journal of Chinese Religions

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438435626
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/02/2012
Series:
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
323
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Amy Olberding is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma.

Philip J. Ivanhoe is Reader-Professor of Philosophy at the City University of Hong Kong. His many books include Religious and Philosophical Aspects of the Laozi (coedited with Mark Csikszentmihalyi) and Essays on Skepticism, Relativism, and Ethics in the Zhuangzi (coedited with Paul Kjellberg), both also published by SUNY Press.

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