Sources of Chinese Tradition, Volume 1

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Columbia University Press, 1999 - History - 944 pages
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A collection of seminal primary readings on the social, intellectual, and religious traditions of China, Sources of Chinese Tradition, Volume 1 has been widely used and praised for almost forty years as an authoritative resource for scholars and students and as a thorough and engaging introduction for general readers. Here at last is a completely revised and expanded edition of this classic sourcebook, compiled by noted China scholars Wm. Theodore de Bary and Irene Bloom. Updated to reflect recent scholarly developments, with extensive material on popular thought and religion, social roles, and women's education, this edition features new translations of more than half the works from the first edition, as well as many new selections.

Arranged chronologically, this anthology is divided into four parts, beginning at the dawn of literate Chinese civilization with the Oracle-Bone inscriptions of the late Shang dynasty (1571--1045 B.C.E.) and continuing through the end of the Ming dynasty (C.E. 1644). Each chapter has an introduction that provides useful historical context and offers interpretive strategies for understanding the readings.

The first part, The Chinese Tradition in Antiquity, considers the early development of Chinese civilization and includes selections from Confucius's Analects, the texts of Mencius and Laozi, as well as other key texts from the Confucian, Daoist, and Legalist schools. Part 2, The Making of a Classical Culture, focuses on Han China with readings from the Classic of Changes ( I Jing), the Classic of Filiality, major Han syntheses, and the great historians of the Han dynasty. The development of Buddhism, from the earliest translations from Sanskrit to the central texts of the Chan school (which became Zen in Japan), is the subject of the third section of the book. Titled Later Daoism and Mahayana Buddhism in China, this part also covers the teachings of Wang Bi, Daoist religion, and texts of the major schools of Buddhist doctrine and practice. The final part, The Confucian Revival and Neo-Confucianism, details the revival of Confucian thought in the Tang, Song, and Ming periods, with historical documents that link philosophical thought to political, social, and educational developments in late imperial China.

With annotations, a detailed chronology, glossary, and a new introduction by the editors, Sources of Chinese Tradition will continue to be a standard resource, guidebook, and introduction to Chinese civilization well into the twenty-first century.

  

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I'll admit up front that I didn't read every single text in here (it is over 900 pages long, and the pages have small type...and this is only Volume one. Yeah, it's a dense book), but I read a good ... Read full review

Review: Sources of Chinese Tradition: Volume 1: From Earliest Times to 1600

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A fantastic source book of primary sources from early Chinese religion and philosophy. A nibble of just about everything, I guess. Read full review

Contents

The OracleBone Inscriptions of the Late Shang Dynasty
3
Fallibility and Accuracy in the Shang
17
Classical Sources of Chinese Tradition
24
Confucius and the Analects
41
Utility Uniformity and Universal Love
64
The Way ofLaozi and Zhuangzi
77
From Chapter 7 Fit for Emperors and Kings W T de Bary
111
Legalists and Militarists
190
Schools of Buddhist Doctrine
433
Schools of Buddhist Practice
481
Social Life and Political Culture in the Tang
539
The Confucian Revival in the Song
587
The Writing of History conrad schirokauer
652
The Philosophy of Human Nature
667
Zhu Xis NeoConfucian Program
720
Ideological Foundations of Late Imperial China
755

The Han Reaction to Qin Absolutism
227
Syncretic Visions of State Society and Cosmos
235
The Imperial Order and Han Syntheses
283
Comprehending the State as the Body
297
The Economic Order
353
The Great Han Historians
367
Learning of the Mysterious
377
The Lives of the Immortals
394
The Introduction of Buddhism
415
NeoConfucian Education
800
Self and Society in the Ming
841
Luo Qinshun and the Philosophy of Qi 1 bloom
874
Morality Books r g chu WTdB
899
Yuan Huangs Ledger RGC
906
Glossary of Key Terms
925
Index
943
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About the author (1999)

Wm. Theodore de Bary is John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and provost emeritus of Columbia University, where he currently holds the title of Special Service Professor. He is the author of many books, including Waiting for the Dawn, Message of the Mind, and Learning for One's Self, and the editor of Sources of Japanese Tradition and Sources of Korean Tradition, as well as (with Tu Weiming) Confucianism and Human Rights, all published by Columbia.Irene Bloom is Wm. Theodore and Fanny de Bary and Class of 1941 Associate Professor of Asian Humanities at Columbia University, associate professor and chair of the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, and program director of the Columbia University Committee on Asia and the Middle East. She is the editor and translator of Knowledge Painfully Acquired: The K'un-chih chi of Lo Ch'in-shun and editor, with Joshua A. Fogel, of Meeting of Minds, both published by Columbia.

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