Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Heaven and Earth Are Not Humane: The Problem of Evil in Classical Chinese Philosophy 天地無仁:中國古典哲學中惡的問題

Franklin Perkins

Indiana University Press

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That bad things happen to good people was as true in early China as it is today. Franklin Perkins uses this observation as the thread by which to trace the effort by Chinese thinkers of the Warring States Period (c.475-221 BCE), a time of great conflict and division, to seek reconciliation between humankind and the world. Perkins provides rich new readings of classical Chinese texts and reflects on their significance for Western philosophical discourse.

Table of Contents:

Note on Abbreviated Citations
Introduction: Philosophy in a Cross-Cultural Context
1. Formations of the Problem of Evil
2. The Efficacy of Human Action and the Mohist Opposition to Fate
3. Efficacy and Following Nature in the Dàodéjīng
4. Reproaching Heaven and Serving Heaven in the Mèngzĭ
5. Beyond the Human in the Zhuāngĭ
6. Xúnzĭ and the Fragility of the Human

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Analects (Norton Critical Editions) 《論語》


Michael Nylan

Simon Leys

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The Norton Critical Edition aims to situate the historical figure of Kongzi, the legendary figure of Confucius, and the Analects (or Lunyu), the single most influential book ascribed to the Master's circle of disciples, within their evolving ethical, cultural, and political contexts. Simon Leys’s acclaimed translation and notes are accompanied by Michael Nylan’s insightful introduction.

Eleven essays by leading experts in the field of Chinese studies discuss a broad range of issues relating to the Analects, from the origins of the classicists (Ru) and the formation of the Analects text to the use (and abuse) of the Master’s iconic image in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Asian, diasporic, and Western settings. Collectively, these readings suggest that the Confucius we thought we knew is not the Kongzi of record and that this Kongzi is a protean figure given to rapid change and continual reevaluation. 

Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations
Translator’s Introduction
Editor’s Introduction

The Text of The Analects


Nicolas Zufferey • On the Ru and Confucius

Robert Eno • In Search of the Origins of Confucian Traditions in Lu

Mark Csikszentmihalyi and Tae Hyun Kim • The Formation of the Analects

Eric L. Hutton • Mencius, Xunzi, and the Legacy of Confucius

Luke Habberstad • The Sage and His Associates: Kongzi and Disciples across Early Texts

Julia K. Murray • Visualizing Confucius and His Disciples from the Analects

Thomas Wilson • Reading the Analects in the Sage’s Courtyard: A Modern Diner’s Guide to an Ancient Feast

Sébastien Billioud and Vincent Goossaert • Confucius and his Texts: A Century of Crisis and Reinventions

Yuming He • Talking Back to the Master: Play and Subversion in Entertainment Uses of the Analects

Henry Rosemont Jr. • On “New Confucianism”

Sam Ho • Confucius on Film: Toward a Confucian Aesthetic

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Love and War in Ancient China: Voices from the Shijing 古代中國的愛與戰爭:《詩經》之聲

William S-Y.WANG

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City University of Hong Kong Press

More than any other treasure, Shijing contains the historical roots of China, from which much of modern culture grew. From a lovelorn young man to an aging woman spurned by her wedded husband, from an elder statesman admonishing a young sovereign, to foot-soldiers facing the unspeakable fate of sacrificial burial, the love and war in Shijing serves as a key to unlock the cultural roots of Ancient China.

The book presents the reader with a fascinating glimpse of the peoples of Ancient China by analyzing many poems in Shijing and discussing aspects of culture and events reflected in the poems from a wide range of disciplines, including archeology, ethnography, history and linguistics.

Reading this book will enhance the general reader s knowledge of Chinese culture as well as familiarity with the language as a bare-bone . Minimalist English translation is used which enables readers to get closer to and gain a better sense and flavor of the original text.

Table of Contents:

Part 1
Chapter 1   A Magic Portal 
Chapter 2   Battle of Muye 
Chapter 3   Two Warriors: Fuhao and Shaohu
Chapter 4   Structure of the Shijing

Part 2
Chapter 5   Legacy of the Shijing 
Chapter 6   Love in the Shijing: Guan Ju 
Chapter 7   Love Requited and Unrequited 
Chapter 8   Injustice in Death 
Chapter 9   Femmes Fatales and Miracle Births 
Chapter 10 Affairs of State: Praise, Complaint, and Admonishment 

Chapter 11 Across Time and Cultures 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Buddhist Stone Sturas in China: Sichuan Province 1 中國佛教石經:四川省 (第一卷)

Lothar Ledderose (雷德侯) & Sun Hua

Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden

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The second volume in the series dedicated to the Buddhist stone sutras in China is the first volume with the sites in Sichuan Province. These monuments are all but unknown outside China. Characteristic for Sichuan are cave chapels, hewn out of red sandstone cliffs, which each can contain tens of thousands of characters. The volume presents the Grove of the Reclining Buddha (Wofoyuan) in Anyue County, where more than a hundred such caves have been identified. In spite of the magnificence of this extraordinary site, few people have ever visited the valley, and almost nothing has been published. 

This volume contains maps and extensive photographs and concentrates, in particular, on two eight century cave chapels. Engraved in their walls are ca. 71.000 characters of the Lotus Sutra, the most treasured scripture in Buddhism. This text version is here recorded for the first time. The engravings are fully reproduced in high quality detailed photographs and in ink rubbings. The scholarly apparatus of the transcription notes variant characters in the text and in the calligraphy.

The research team, led by Lothar Ledderose, includes a group at the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, and specialists from Peking University, as well as from the Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology at Chengdu. Stephen F. Teiser of Princeton contributes an essay with a wide ranging and contextual interpretation of the Lotus Sutra at the site. The volume is bilingual in Chinese and English and directed at a wide audience.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Age of Courtly Writing: Wen Xuan Compiler Xiao Tong (501-531) and His Circle 宮體詩的年代:《文選》編纂者蕭統與其交遊圈

Ping, Wang


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This book, through detailed analysis of the writings of the Liang Crown Prince Xiao Tong and his circle, will deepen and redefine our view of the court culture and literature of the Liang, a crucial period in Chinese literary history.

Table of Contents:


1. Born and Bred to be a Ruler

2. Gentlemanly Style: Xiao Tong's Literary Inclination

3. Writing for the Crown Prince: Worthy with Words

4. Xiao Tong's Encounters with Buddhism

5. Pondering on Reclusion and Rulership




Monday, July 7, 2014

2014 European Association for the Study of Chinese Manuscripts


Orthopraxy, Orthography, Orthodoxy.
Emic and Etic Standards and Classifications of
Chinese Manuscripts

July 11-13, 2014

Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg

Conference Schedule:

Friday, July 11
18:00 dinner 

Saturday, July 12
9:00–9:05 greetings
Prof. Comba

9:05–9.45 What is Orthography? Scribal Practices in the Han Documents from Juyan and Dunhuang
Enno Giele

9:45–10.25 Spinning the Thread of Lord Yao: Orthopraxy and Royal Succession Strategies in Warring States Chu Manuscripts
Nicholas Vogt

10:25–10:30 coffee break

10:30–11:10 From Funerary Texts to Talismanic Objects: Changing Perspective in Classifying Writings Found in Tombs
Guo Jue

11:10-11:50 Bu shu :
A recently published Shanghai Museum Bamboo Manuscript on Divination
Marco Caboara

11:50–12:00 coffee break

12:00–12:40 Criteria for the Distinction of Different Script Styles and Scribal Hands
Matthias L. Richter

12:40–13:20 Visualizing Scribal Practices in the fifth-century BC Wenxian Covenant Texts
Crispin Williams

13:20–14:20 lunch at iwh

14:20–15:00 Phonophoric Repair Strategies in Chu Writing as a Reflex of Orthoepic Awareness
Wolfgang Behr

15:00–15:40 Chu Orthography or Warring States Orthography
Haeree Park

15:40–15:50 coffee break (coffee & cake)

15:50–16:30 The Tsinghua Manuscripts and Shu Tradition
Dirk Meyer

16:30–17:10 Forming Content? Using and Producing Manuscripts: The *Yong Yue and Yinshu Manuscripts
Rens Krijgsman

17:10–17:20 coffee break

17:20–18:00 Originals and Copies of the Official Documents and the Bureaucratic Politics in the Qin Empire
Maxim Korolkov

18:00–18:40 Fragmental Characteristics and Individual Appropriation of Ancient Chinese Medical Manuscripts
Chin Shih-ch’i (金仕起)

19:00–22:00 conference photo shooting
dinner at kulturbrauerei (leyergasse 6)

Sunday, July 13
9:00–9:40 The Ethos of a Proto-Professional Class – ‘Orthodoxy’ and ‘Orthopraxy’ in Legal Documents?
Michael Lüdke

9:40–10:20 The Various Strata of the Ernian Lüling Manuscript and the Distribution of the Legal Code to Local Offices in HanTimes
Miyake Kiyoshi (宮宅潔)

10:20–10:30 coffee break

10:30–11:10 Legacy of Warring States Regional Writing Traditions in Qin and Han China
Olivier Venture

11:10–12:30 general discussion & closure
Discussion leaders:
Edward L. Shaughnessy, Marc Kalinowski, Michael Friedrich 

12:30–13:30 lunch (iwh)

13:30–14:30 eascm general assembly & board meeting
coffee break 

Friday, July 4, 2014


鈴木靖民 (Suzuki Yasutami& 金子修一 (Kaneko Shuichi)

Publication Year:

勉誠出版 (Bensey Publishing Inc.)


Table of Contents:

まえがき 金子修一

第一部 東部ユーラシア世界の構造
東部ユーラシア世界史と東アジア世界史―梁の国際関係・国際秩序・国際意識を中心として― 鈴木靖民
梁職貢図と西域諸国―新出清張庚模本「諸番職貢図巻」がもたらす問題― 王素(菊地大・速水大 訳)
梁への道―「職貢図」とユーラシア交通― 石見清裕
「梁職貢図」の国名記載順 中村和樹
南朝梁の外交とその特質 金子ひろみ
「梁職貢図」と『梁書』諸夷伝の上表文―仏教東伝の準備的考察― 新川登亀男

第二部 テキストとしての職貢図
「梁職貢図」流伝と模本 尹龍九(近藤剛・訳)
台湾故宮博物院所蔵「南唐顧徳謙模梁元帝蕃客入朝図」について 深津行徳
「梁職貢図」逸文の集成と略解 澤本光弘・植田喜兵成智
木下杢太郎と芥川龍之介が見た北京の職貢図 片山章雄

第三部 梁と「蕃夷」の国際関係
(a) 魏晋南北朝の国際関係
中国における倭人情報―「梁職貢図」の前後― 河内春人
孫呉・東晋と東南アジア諸国 菊地大
倭の五王の冊封と劉宋遣使―倭王武を中心に― 廣瀬憲雄
「梁職貢図」と東南アジア国書 河上麻由子

(b) 朝鮮・北朝の国際関係
「梁職貢図」高句麗・百済・新羅の題記について 李成市
新出「梁職貢図」題記逸文の朝鮮関係記事二、三をめぐって 赤羽目匡由
「魯国」か「虜国」か 堀内淳一
北朝の国書 金子修一

あとがき 鈴木靖民