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Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Pheasant Cap Master and the End of History-Linking Religion to Philosophy in Early China 鶡冠子

Author:
Marnix Wells

Publisher:
Three Pines Press

Publication Year:
2013

Abstract:

Following a catastrophic defeat at Changping in 260 BCE, and the reported immolation of close to half a million Zhao soldiers by Qin, a mysterious figure appeared on the stage of history. He was called Heguanzi, the ‘Pheasant Cap’ master and appeared incognito. Seemingly a political refugee, this Daoist Demosthenes in outspoken jeremiads warned against a looming danger of total collapse and Zhao’s imminent annexation by the ruthless kingdom of Qin.

Pheasant Cap’s writings, long neglected and misunderstood, combine a potent mix of religion, metaphysics, philosophy, politics and strategy to unroll a vibrant picture of life and death in perhaps the most climactic period of Chinese history. Against the totalitarian system of Qin, he offers an alternative vision of meritocracy and inclusiveness to unite a fractured world. Marnix Wells offers readers the first full translation and analysis in any language. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Qin: the Eternal Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors

Editors:
Maria Khayutina , Bernisches Historisches Museum

Publication Year:
2013

Publisher:
Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Table of Content:

I China in the First Millenium BC and the Rise of Qin

Chapter 1: The Zhou Dynasty and the Birth of the Son of Heaven (Edward
Shaughnessy)

Chapter 2: Qin: From Principality to Kingdom to Empire (Yuri Pines)

Chapter 3: Tombs of the Principality of Qin: Elites and Commoners (Alain
Thote)

Catalogue I


II The Qin Empire and the Tomb Complex of the First Emperor

Chapter 4: King Zheng of Qin, the First Emperor of China (Yuri Pines)

Chapter 5: The Qin Empire

Qin Government: Structures, Principles and Practices (Charles Sanft)

The Standardization of Writing (Ch¹en Chao-jung)

Chapter 6: The World To Go: the Last Resting Place of the First Emperor

The Discovery of a Century: the Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of
China (Cao Wei)

The Tomb Complex and Its Hidden Secrets (Armin Selbitschka)

Chapter 7: Warriors, Officials and Entertainers

The Terracotta Men and Their Roles (Armin Selbitschka)

The Production Techniques, Conservation and Restoration of the Terracotta
Figures  (Catharina Blänsdorf and Linda Zachmann)

Catalogue II


III After the First Emperor

Chapter 8: The Qin and Han Empires and Their Heritage (Michael Loewe)

Chapter 9: Qin Shi Huangdi and His Terracotta Warriors in the 21st Century

Staging Qin Shi Huangdi: the First Emperor on Stage and Screen (Anna
Stecher)

The First Emperor and His Army in Imagery and Sculpture (Maria Khayutina)

Catalogue III


Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Quest for Ecstatic Morality in Early China 郭店楚簡 "性自命出"

Author:
Kenneth W. Holloway

Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA

Publication Year:
2013

Abstract:


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.