What Is Taoism? and Other Studies in Chinese Cultural History

What Is Taoism? and Other Studies in Chinese Cultural History

by Herrlee Glessner Creel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226120473

ISBN-13: 9780226120478

Pub. Date: 09/28/1982

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


What Is Taoism? traces, in nontechnical language, the history of the development of this often baffling doctrine. Creel shows that there has not been one "Taoism," but at least three, in some respects incompatible and often antagonistic. In eight closely related papers, Creel explicates the widely used concepts he originally introduced of "contemplative Taoism,"…  See more details below

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What Is Taoism? traces, in nontechnical language, the history of the development of this often baffling doctrine. Creel shows that there has not been one "Taoism," but at least three, in some respects incompatible and often antagonistic. In eight closely related papers, Creel explicates the widely used concepts he originally introduced of "contemplative Taoism," "purposive Taoism," and "Hsien Taoism." He also discusses Shen Pu-hai, a political philosopher of the fourth century B.C.; the curious interplay between Confucianism, Taoism, and "Legalism" in the second century B.C.; and the role of the horse in Chinese history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226120478
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/28/1982
Series:
Midway Reprint Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents


Preface
1. What Is Taoism?
2. The Great Clod
3. On Two Aspects in Early Taoism
4. On the Origin of Wu-wei
5. The Meaning of Hsing-ming
6. The Fa-chia: "Legalists" or "Administrators"?
7. The Beginnings of Bureaucracy in China: The Origin of the Hsien
8. The Role of the Horse in Chinese History
Index

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