This book maintains that early Chinese philosophers, whatever their philosophical school, assumed common principles informed the natural and human worlds and that one could understand the nature of man by studying the principles which govern nature. Accordingly, the natural world rather than a religious tradition provided the root metaphors of early Chinese thought. Sarah Allan examines the concrete imagery, most importantly water and plant life, which served as a model for the most fundamental concepts in Chinese philosophy including such ideas as dao, the "way," de, "virtue" or "potency," xin, the "mind/heart," xing "nature," and qi, "vital energy." Water, with its extraordinarily rich capacity for generating imagery, provided the primary model for conceptualizing general cosmic principles while plants provided a model for the continuous sequence of generation, growth, reproduction, and death and was the basis for the Chinese understanding of the nature of man in both religion and philosophy.
Sarah Allan is Burlington Northern Foundation Chair of Chinese Studies in honor of Richard M. Bressler at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Shape of the Turtle: Myth, Art and Cosmos in Early China, also published by SUNY Press; The Heir and the Sage: Dynastic Legend in Early China; Chinese Bronzes: A Selection from European Collections (with Li Xueqin); and Oracle Bone Collections in Great Britain (with Li Xueqin and Qi Wenxin); and editor of Legend, Lore and Religion in China (with Alvin P. Cohen) and Dunhuang Manuscripts in British Collection (with others).Review:
I find this book unique among recent efforts to identify and explain essential features of early Chinese thought because of its emphasis on imagery and metaphor. Christian Jochim, San Jose State University"
"I find this book unique among recent efforts to identify and explain essential features of early Chinese thought because of its emphasis on imagery and metaphor." -- Christian Jochim, San Jose State University
Descrizione libro State Univ of New York Pr, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110791433854
Descrizione libro State Univ of New York Pr. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0791433854 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.3182235
Descrizione libro State Univ of New York Pr, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0791433854