From nothing to something

Reading the Shanghai Museum's Hengxian 恆先 (Constancy, at the Outset)

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Abstract

The text of the Hengxian (Constancy, at the Outset) in the Shanghai Museum Collection of the Warring States (475-221 BCE) Bamboo Manuscripts can be read as an attempt by ancient Chinese philosophers to elucidate the relationship between cosmic patterns and the human realm. This paper will focus on the conceptions of the cosmic process of the self-generation and regeneration, and the philosophical implication of these processes.
Written with rulers and elite scholars as its intended readers, the Hengxian presents heng and related concepts as practices and principles that the ruler should follow in the process of establishing and building a "polity" in the Warring States period.
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReading through recovered ancient Chinese manuscripts
EditorsShirley Chan
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherOriental Society of Australia
Pages19-40
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780959226935
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

Keywords

  • ancient Chinese manuscripts, ancient Chinese history, classical Chinese
  • ancient Chinese history
  • Classical Chinese

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    Chan, S. W. (2020). From nothing to something: Reading the Shanghai Museum's Hengxian 恆先 (Constancy, at the Outset). In S. Chan (Ed.), Reading through recovered ancient Chinese manuscripts (pp. 19-40). Sydney: Oriental Society of Australia.