Philosophy and Religion in Early Medieval China

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SUNY Press, Aug 4, 2010 - History - 381 pages
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Exploring a time of profound change, this book details the intellectual ferment after the fall of the Han dynasty. Questions about “heaven” and the affairs of the world that had seemed resolved by Han Confucianism resurfaced and demanded reconsideration. New currents in philosophy, religion, and intellectual life emerged to leave an indelible mark on the subsequent development of Chinese thought and culture. This period saw the rise of xuanxue (“dark learning” or “learning of the mysterious Dao”), the establishment of religious Daoism, and the rise of Buddhism. In examining the key ideas of xuanxue and focusing on its main proponents, the contributors to this volume call into question the often-presumed monolithic identity of this broad philosophical front. The volume also highlights the richness and complexity of religion in China during this period, examining the relationship between the Way of the Celestial Master and local, popular religious beliefs and practices, and discussing the relationship between religious Daoism and Buddhism.

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Reconstructing He Yans Explication of Dao
Wang Bis Theory of Names
Wang Bis Political Philosophy in the Zhouyi zhu
Coherence in the Dark
Music Mind and Politics in Xi Kang
6 The Ideas of Illness Healing and Morality in Early Heavenly Master Daoism
Family Values and Morality in the Lingbao Scriptures
8 What is Geyi After All?
9 The Buddharaja Image of Emperor Wu of Liang
10 Social and Cultural Dimensions of Reclusion in Early Medieval China
11 Destiny and Retribution in Early Medieval China

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Alan K. L. Chan is Professor of Philosophy at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His books include Two Visions of the Way: A Study of the Wang Pi and the Ho-shang Kung Commentaries on the Lao-tzu, also published by SUNY Press; Filial Piety in Chinese Thought and History; and Mencius: Contexts and Interpretations

Yuet-Keung Lo is Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at the National University of Singapore. Together they have coedited Interpretation and Literature in Early Medieval China, also published by SUNY Press

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