The Siren and the Sage: Knowledge and Wisdom in Ancient Greece and China

The Siren and the Sage: Knowledge and Wisdom in Ancient Greece and China

by Steven Shankman
     
 

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A comparative study of what the most influential writers of Ancient Greece and China thought it meant to have knowledge and whether they distinguished knowledge from other forms of wisdom. It surveys selected works of poetry, history and philosophy from the period of roughly the eighth through to the second century BCE, including Homer's "Odyssey", the ancient

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A comparative study of what the most influential writers of Ancient Greece and China thought it meant to have knowledge and whether they distinguished knowledge from other forms of wisdom. It surveys selected works of poetry, history and philosophy from the period of roughly the eighth through to the second century BCE, including Homer's "Odyssey", the ancient Chinese "Classic of Poetry", Thucydides' "History of the Peloponnesian War", Sima Qian's "Records of the Historian", Plato's "Symposium", and Laozi's "Dao de Jing and the writings of Zhuangzi". The intention, through such juxtaposition, is to introduce the foundational texts of each tradition which continue to influence the majority of the world's population.

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Shankman (English and classics, U. of Oregon) and Durrant (East Asian languages and literature, U. of Oregon) offer the university student or general reader a comparative study of what ancient Chinese and ancient Greek writers thought it meant to know and whether they distinguished knowledge from wisdom, based on selected works of poetry, history, and philosophy from roughly the eighth through the second centuries BC. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9781592443475
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Shankman is Distinguished Professor of English and Classics in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oregon, and Director of the Oregon Humanities Center.

Stephen Durrant is Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oregon, and director of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. Along with four others, they are co-editors of a 2,250-page anthology, 'The World of Literature' (Prentice-Hall, 1999).

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