Buried Ideas: Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts

Buried Ideas: Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts

by Sarah Allan

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Buried Ideas: Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts by Sarah Allan

Four Warring States texts discovered during recent decades challenge longstanding understandings of Chinese intellectual history.

The discovery of previously unknown philosophical texts from the Axial Age is revolutionizing our understanding of Chinese intellectual history. Buried Ideas presents and discusses four texts found on brush-written slips of bamboo and their seemingly unprecedented political philosophy. Written in the regional script of Chu during the Warring States period (475–221 BCE), all of the works discuss Yao’s abdication to Shun and are related to but differ significantly from the core texts of the classical period, such as the Mencius and Zhuangzi. Notably, these works evince an unusually meritocratic stance, and two even advocate abdication over hereditary succession as a political ideal. Sarah Allan includes full English translations and her own modern-character editions of the four works examined: Tang Yú zhi dao, Zigao, Rongchengshi, and Bao xun. In addition, she provides an introduction to Chu-script bamboo-slip manuscripts and the complex issues inherent in deciphering them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438457789
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/02/2016
Series: SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sarah Allan is Burlington Northern Foundation Professor of Asian Studies in honor of Richard M. Bressler at Dartmouth College. She is the author of The Way of Water and Sprouts of Virtue and The Shape of the Turtle: Myth, Art, and Cosmos in Early China, both also published by SUNY Press.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. History and Historical Legend

3. The Chu-script Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts

4. Advocating Abdication: Tang Yú zhi dao 唐虞之道, “The Way of TangYao 唐堯 and YúShun 虞䑞”
Tang Yú zhi dao 唐虞之道: Translation and Chinese Edition

5. The Zigao 子羔 and the Nature of Early Confucianism
Zigao 子羔: Translation and Chinese Edition

6. Rongchengshi 容成氏: Abdication and Utopian Vision
Rongchengshi 容成氏: Translation and Chinese Edition

7. The Bao xun 保訓: Obtaining the Center to Become King
Bao xun 保訓: Translation and Chinese Edition

8. Afterthoughts

Bibliography
Index

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