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The Quest for Ecstatic Morality in Early China

Kenneth W. Holloway

Abstract

The recently excavated Guodian manuscript “Xing zi mingchu” understands morality as something that is inherently expansive and not restrictive. Dating from China’s Warring States Period, this text has a hybrid of beliefs that later come to be called Confucianism and Daoism. One contribution of this book is its clarification of the role of the term “qing,” a concept that in some passages could be translated as “emotions” save for the fact that it is seen as having a surprising power to enable us to become more connected to our world. Becoming a moral person is seen as involving reaching the Dao ... More

Keywords: Confucianism, Daoism, Guodian, “Xing zi mingchu”, “Xing zi ming chu”, Warring States, transcendence, emotions, rectification of names, human nature, China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199744824
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744824.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth W. Holloway, author
Florida Atlantic University