Alan K. L. Chan, Yuet-Keung Lo
An exploration of Chinese thought during a time of monumental change, the period after the fall of the Han dynasty.
Exploring a time of profound change, this book details the intellectual ferment after the fall of the Han dynasty. Questions about “heaven” and the affairs of the world that had seemed resolved by Han Confucianism resurfaced and demanded reconsideration. New currents in philosophy, religion, and intellectual life emerged to leave an indelible mark on the subsequent development of Chinese thought and culture. This period saw the rise of xuanxue (“dark learning” or “learning of the mysterious Dao”), the establishment of religious Daoism, and the rise of Buddhism. In examining the key ideas of xuanxue and focusing on its main proponents, the contributors to this volume call into question the often-presumed monolithic identity of this broad philosophical front. The volume also highlights the richness and complexity of religion in China during this period, examining the relationship between the Way of the Celestial Master and local, popular religious beliefs and practices, and discussing the relationship between religious Daoism and Buddhism.
Table of Contents:
Alan K. L. Chan
1. Sage Nature and the Logic of Namelessness: Reconstructing He Yan’s Explication of Dao
Alan K. L. Chan
2. Tracing the Dao: Wang Bi’s Theory of Names
Jude Soo Meng Chua
3. Hexagrams and Politics: Wang Bi’s Political Philosophy in the Zhouyi zhu
Tze Ki Hon
4. Li in Wang Bi and Guo Xiang: Coherence in the Dark
5. The Sage without Emotion: Music, Mind, and Politics in Xi Kang
6. The Ideas of Illness, Healing, and Morality in Early Heavenly Master Daoism
Chi Tim Lai
7. Imagining Community: Family Values and Morality in the Lingbao Scriptures
Stephen R. Bokenkamp
8. What is Geyi, After All?
Victor H. Mair
9. The Buddharaja Image of Emperor Wu of Liang
Kathy Cheng Mei Ku
10. Social and Cultural Dimensions of Reclusion in Early Medieval China
11. Destiny and Retribution in Early Medieval China
Yuet Keung Lo