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The Quest for Ecstatic Morality in Early China

ISBN : 9780199941742

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¥5,225
Author: 
Kenneth W. Holloway
Pages
176 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Mar 2013
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There is an intense love of freedom evident in the "Xing zi mingchu," a text last seen when it was buried in a Chinese tomb in 300 B.C.E. It tells us that both joy and sadness are the ecstatic zenith of what the text terms "qing." Combining emotions into qing allows them to serve as a stepping stone to the Dao, the transcendent source of morality for the world. There is a process one must follow to prepare qing: it must be beautified by learning from the classics written by ancient sages. What is absent from the process is any indication that the emotions themselves need to be suppressed or regulated, as is found in most other texts from this time. The Confucian principles of humanity and righteousness are not rejected, but they are seen as needing our qing and the Dao. Holloway argues that the Dao here is the same Dao of Laozi's Daode jing. As a missing link between what came to be called Confucianism and Daoism, the "Xing zi mingchu" is changing the way we look at the history of religion in early China.

Index: 

Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1: Qing, from Conflict to Ecstasy
Chapter 2: The Role of Nature in a World of Friction
Chapter 3: Having fun with the Dao
Chapter 4: Absolute versus relative morality
Chapter 5: The Rectification of Names
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography

About the author: 

Kenneth Holloway is Associate Professor of History and Levenson Professor of Asian Studies at Florida Atlantic University.

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