Chapter

Introduction

Holloway Kenneth W.

in Guodian

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195371451
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870653 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371451.003.0001
 Introduction

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This chapter introduces the problem of recently excavated texts from Guodian being seen as nothing more than new ways to support old ideas about the glorious Chinese tradition. Sources of this problem are discussed first. Next is an overview of ways that this methodology skews our understanding of lost manuscripts. In particular, the evidence found in tombs is significantly different from the Han dynasty notion of Confucianism and Daoism as balkanized schools. Two texts from Guodian are highlighted: “The Five Aspects of Conduct” (“Wuxing Pian”) and the Laozi, or Dao De Jing. The last part of the introduction provides an overview of subsequent chapters.

Keywords: Laozi; Dao De Jing; Daoism; Confucianism; Han dynasty schools; Guodian; Wuxing; Five Aspects of Conduct; excavated manuscripts

Chapter.  2902 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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