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The Heir and the Sage, Revised and Expanded Edition
The Heir and the Sage, Revised and Expanded Edition (October 2016)
Dynastic Legend in Early China
Sarah Allan - Author

A comprehensive analysis of the transformations of ancient history in early Chinese texts.

This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the accounts of change of rule in Chinese texts from 600 to 100 BC, including the core philosophical works of the Chinese tradition attributed to Confucius, Mozi, Mencius, Xunzi, Hanfeizi, and Zhuangzi. Drawing from the early structuralism of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Sarah...(Read More)
Buried Ideas
Buried Ideas (November 2015)
Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts
Sarah Allan - Author

Four Warring States texts discovered during recent decades challenge longstanding understandings of Chinese intellectual history.

The discovery of previously unknown philosophical texts from the Axial Age is revolutionizing our understanding of Chinese intellectual history. Buried Ideas presents and discusses four texts found on brush-written slips of bamboo and their seemin...(Read More)
The Way of Water and Sprouts of Virtue
The Way of Water and Sprouts of Virtue (June 1997)
Sarah Allan - Author

Explicates early Chinese thought and explores the relationship between language and thought.

This book maintains that early Chinese philosophers, whatever their philosophical school, assumed common principles informed the natural and human worlds and that one could understand the nature of man by studying the principles which govern nature. Accordingly, the natural world rather than a religious tradition provided the roo...(Read More)
The Shape of the Turtle
The Shape of the Turtle (March 1991)
Myth, Art, and Cosmos in Early China
Sarah Allan - Author

"Allan's study will prove to be as invaluable as it is innovative." -- Harold D. Roth

Many Chinese philosophic concepts derive from an ancient cosmology. This work is the first reconstructions of the mythic thought of the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1700- 1100 B.C.) which laid the foundation for later Chinese patterns of thought. Allan regards the myth, cosmology, divination, sacrificial ritual, and art of the Shang as different manifestations of a ...(Read More)
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