Bibliographic History of the <i>Su wen</i>

Paul U. Unschuld

in Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233225
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928497 | DOI:
Bibliographic History of the Su wen

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This chapter presents the views of a number of scholars on the origin of the Su wen. Zu Xi (1130–1200) and Cheng Hao (1032–1085), the two eminent philosophers of the Song era, identified the Su wen as a product of the Warring States period, that is, the fifth through third centuries b.c. Cui Da voiced a view critical of Huang Di's authorship during the Qing era, reporting that the Su wen, a text transmitted from the past, contains a dialogue between Huang Di and Qi Bo. Some people mention that Huang Di himself wrote Ling shu and the Yin fu jing. Chinese scholars scrutinized the available historical data systematically, and their research findings revealed that the textual history of the Huang Di nei jing began no earlier than the second century b.c. Yang Yiya in 1987 attributed the compilation of the Nei jing to the Han era, although he accepted an earlier origin for most of its contents.

Keywords: Han era; Su wen; Ling shu; Qin-Han era; Song era

Chapter.  3367 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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