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China's philological turn : scholars, textualism, and the Dao in the eighteenth century / Ori Sela.

Author/creator Sela, Ori, 1972- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New York : Columbia University Press, 2018.
Descriptionpages cm.
Series Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University. ^A593434
Contents Introduction: the way and its crossroads -- The way of man: scholarly networks and the social history of scholarship -- Learning to be a scholar -- Official scholars and the growing philologists' networks -- Private scholars, private academies, and the community of knowledge -- The way of antiquity: searching for the true way in the past -- The way of ancient learning: philology, antiquity, and ru identity -- Philology and the message of the sages: the classics and the four books -- Historical philology: navigating the sources -- The way of heaven and earth: the mandate of scholarship and the search for order -- Astronomy, mathematics, and calendar: historical perspective -- Ancient learning encounters western learning: scientific knowledge and its cultural baggage -- Fate and ritual, and ordering all under heaven -- Conclusion: the consequences of the eighteenth-century intellectual turns -- Appendix A: selections from Qian Daxin's 1754 Palace examination answer -- Appendix B: Major Shuowen and Erya studies of the Qian-jia period (and related works) -- Appendix C: Qian Daxin's letter to Dai Zhen -- Appendix D: Questions and answers about astronomy -- Appendix E: Essay on the value of pi -- Appendix F: Qian Daxin's writings on mathematics, astronomy, and divination -- Appendix G: On Saṃsāra -- Appendix H: Sources for the works of Qian Daxin -- List of abbreviations -- Notes -- Selected bibliography of Chinese and Japanese titles.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Sela, Ori, 1972- author. China's philological turn. New York : Columbia University Press, 2018 9780231545174
LCCN 2017038584
ISBN0231183828 (cloth ; alk. paper)

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