Taoism: Growth of a Religion

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Overview

“This is a work of monumental importance by arguably the foremost scholar of Taoism in the world. Insights from the study of Taoism are profoundly changing the way we view China's past, and this book fills the need for a comprehensive history that reflects the progress made in Taoist studies over the last few decades. Though Taoism is known to be an abstruse religion, Robinet lays bare its 'bones and sinews' in exceptionally clear language, one of the things that makes the book so valuable for classroom use.”
—Stephen Bokenkamp,
Indiana University

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"This is a work of monumental importance by arguably the foremost scholar of Taoism in the world. Insights from the study of Taoism are profoundly changing the way we view China's past, and this book fills the need for a comprehensive history that reflects the progress made in Taoist studies over the last few decades. Though Taoism is known to be an abstruse religion, Robinet lays bare its 'bones and sinews' in exceptionally clear language, one of the things that makes the book so valuable for classroom use."—Stephen Bokenkamp,
Indiana University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804728393
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Isabelle Robinet is Professor of Chinese at the University of Aix-en-Provence.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Foreword
Author's Preface
Chronology
Introduction: Definitions and Controlling Concepts 1
1 The Warring States Fourth to Third Centuries B.C. 25
2 New Elements Under the Han 42
3 The Celestial Masters 53
4 Ge Hong and His Tradition 78
5 The Shangqing School 114
6 The Lingbao School 149
7 The Tang Period 184
8 Under the Song and the Yuan: Interior Alchemy 212
Conclusion 257
Notes 265
Suggestions for Further Readings 273
Index 283
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