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  • Notions of Time in Chinese Historical Thinking

Notions of Time in Chinese Historical Thinking

Chun-chieh Huang, John B. Henderson


English , 2006/04 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Tags: History

229 x 152 mm , 250pp ISBN : 978-962-996-222-7

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“Time” is a basic subject to humanistic enquiry and understanding Chinese notions of time in their own terms and comparatively is an important endeavour. This collection of essays engages Chinese ways of conceiving “time” from a variety of perspectives: philosophical, historical, and anthropological being the most salient. Although some of the texts and issues discussed in this book are widely regarded as rather metaphysical, such as the Yijing (Book of Changes) and the “dualism and monism of change”, even here a healthy respect for the concrete, the particular, and the lived experience of individuals in history is preserved. As the great eighteenth-century philosopher of history, Zhang Xuecheng, taught, the Dao (the Way) could hardly be approached or apprehended except by way of concrete things. The subject matter therefore straddles several disciplines, and individual essays will be of interest to different clusters of scholars. It is also a stimulating book for lay readers who are broadly familiar with Chinese history.

Chun-chieh Huang is currently Professor of History at the National Taiwan University and Research Fellow at Academia Sinica, Taipei. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Washington. He has written many books on Chinese intellectual history, especially on Mencius.

John B. Henderson received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. He is now Professor of History at the Louisiana State University.

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