The Canon of Supreme Mystery by Yang Hsiung

The Canon of Supreme Mystery by Yang Hsiung

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Translation of the first grand synthesis of classic Chinese thought. This is a translation, with a commentary and a long contextualizing introduction, of the only major work of Han (206 B.C. to 220 A.D.) philosophy that is still available in complete form. It is the first translation of the work into a European language and provides unique access to this formative period in Chinese history. Because Yang Hsiunga€™s interpretations drew upon a variety of pre-Han sources and then dominated Confucian learning until the twelfth century, this text is also a valuable resource on early Chinese history, philosophy, and culture beyond the Han period. The Ta€™ai hsA¼an is also one of the worlda€™s great philosophic poems comparable in scale and grandeur to Lucretiusa€™ De rerum naturum. Nathan Sivin has written that this is one of the titles on the short list of Chinese books every cultivated person should read. Han thinkers saw in this text a compelling restatement of Confucian doctrine that addressed the major objections posed by rival schools including Mohism, Taoism, Legalism and Yin-Yang Five Phase Theory. Since this Han amalgam formed the basis for the state ideology of China from 134 B.C. to 1911, an ideology that in turn provided the intellectual foundations for the Japanese and Korean states, the importance of this book can hardly be overestimated.The bad ruler relies upon physical strength alone to enforce his will. Forsaking virtue, he and his men are no better than animals.38 App. 6: The army of the great king Thunders in their ... thunder.40 The true king employs his crack troops in order to make men submit to the Good, not to wreak destruction. ... App. 7: A confusion of pennants and flags, 42 Shields and lances in disarray.43 Army wives with child44 bemoan their loss.45 Wailing, they cast scathing glances At the king. 46 Fath.

Title:The Canon of Supreme Mystery by Yang Hsiung
Author:Michael Nylan
Publisher:SUNY Press - 1993-01-01


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