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Chinese History and Culture: Sixth Century B.C.E. to Seventeenth Century

Author:
Ying-shih Yü 余英時

Publisher:
Columbia University Press

Publication Date:
September 20, 2016




Abstract:

The recipient of the Kluge Prize for lifetime achievement in the humanities and the Tang Prize for "revolutionary research" in Sinology, Ying-shih Yü is a premier scholar of Chinese studies. Chinese History and Culture volumes 1 and 2 bring his extraordinary oeuvre to English-speaking readers. Spanning two thousand years of social, intellectual, and political change, the essays in these volumes investigate two central questions through all aspects of Chinese life: as an ancient civilization, what core values sustained Chinese culture through centuries of upheaval; and in what ways did these values survive or Westernize in modern times?

From Yü Ying-shih's perspective, the Dao, or the Way constitutes the inner core of Chinese civilization. These essays explore the unique dynamics between Chinese intellectuals' discourse on the Dao or moral principles for a symbolized ideal world order and their criticism of contemporary reality throughout Chinese history. Volume 1 explores how the Dao was reformulated, expanded, defended, and preserved by Chinese intellectuals up to the seventeenth century, guiding them through history's darkest turns. Essays incorporate the evolving conception of the soul and the afterlife in pre- and post-Buddhist China, the significance of eating practices and social etiquette, the move toward greater individualism, the rise of the Neo-Daoist movement, the spread of Confucian ethics, and the growth of merchant culture and capitalism. A true panorama of Chinese culture's continuities and transition, this two-volume collection gives readers of all backgrounds a unique education in the meaning of Chinese civilization.

Table of Contents:

Author's Preface

Editorial Note

List of Abbreviations

Chronology of Dynasties

1. Between the Heavenly and the Human

2. Life and Immortality in the Mind of Han China

3. "O Soul, Come Back!" A Study in the Changing Conceptions of the Soul and Afterlife in Pre-Buddhist China

4. New Evidence on the Early Chinese Conception of Afterlife

5. Food in Chinese Culture: The Han Period

6. The Seating Order at the Hong Men Banquet

7. Individualism and the Neo-Daoist Movement in Wei-Jin China

8. Intellectual Breakthroughs in the Tang-Song Transition 

9. Morality and Knowledge in Zhu Xi's Philosophical System 

10. Confucian Ethics and Capitalism

11. Business Culture and Chinese Traditions-Toward a Study of the Evolution of Merchant Culture in Chinese History

12. Reorientation of Confucian Social Thought in the Age of Wang Yangming

13. The Intellectual World of Jiao Hong Revisited

14. Toward an Interpretation of Intellectual Transition in the Seventeenth Century

Acknowledgments

Appendix

The John W. Kluge Prize Address and The Tang Prize for Sinology Acceptance Speech

Index

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