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Guodian: The Newly Discovered Seeds of Chinese Religious and Political Philosophy

Kenneth Holloway


The Guodian manuscripts were buried with the teacher of the heir apparent to the Chu throne. The tomb was closed around 300 BCE shortly before one of the most significant period-defining events in ancient history, the Qin conquest of China. Unseen for two millennia, before their discovery in October 1993, these manuscripts challenge many assumptions about Chinese religion, philosophy, and Confucianism. Guodian texts are interested in unity, but this is not surprising from a time when many were becoming concerned that the First Emperor would soon succeed in his campaign of conquest. What is sur ... More

Keywords: Guodian, humanity, righteousness, Confucius, philosophy, religion, government, family, First Emperor, Chu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195371451
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371451.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Holloway, author
Assistant Professor of History and Levenson Professor of Asian Studies
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