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Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought
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A wide-ranging exploration of traditional Chinese views of mortality.Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought is the definitive exploration of a complex and fascinating but little-understood subject. Arguably, death as a concept has not been nearly as central a preoccupation in Chinese culture as it has been in the West. However, even in a society that seems to understand death as a part of life, responses to mortality are revealing and indicate much about what is valued and what is feared. This edited volume fills the lacuna on this subject, presenting an array of philosophical, artistic, historical, and religious perspectives on death during a variety of historical periods. Contributors look at material culture, including findings now available from the Mawangdui tomb excavations; consider death in Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist traditions; and discuss death and the history and philosophy of war.

Table of Contents

  1. Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. One: Preparation for the Afterlife in Ancient China
  2. pp. 13-36
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  1. Two: Ascend to Heaven or Stay in the Tomb?: Paintings in Mawangdui Tomb 1 and the Virtual Ritual of Revival in Second-Century B.C.E. China
  2. pp. 37-84
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  1. Three: Concepts of Death and the Afterlife Reflected in Newly Discovered Tomb Objects and Texts from Han China
  2. pp. 85-116
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  1. Four: War, Death, and Ancient Chinese Cosmology: Thinking through the Thickness of Culture
  2. pp. 117-136
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  1. Five: Death and Dying in the Analects
  2. pp. 137-152
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  1. Six: I Know Not “Seems”: Grief for Parents in the Analects
  2. pp. 153-176
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  1. Seven: Allotment and Death in Early China
  2. pp. 177-190
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  1. Eight: Death in the Zhuangzi: Mind, Nature, and the Art of Forgetting
  2. pp. 191-224
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  1. Nine: Sages, The Past, and the Dead: Death in the Huainanzi
  2. pp. 225-248
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  1. Ten: Linji and William James on Mortality: Two Visions of Pragmatism
  2. pp. 249-270
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  1. Eleven: Death as the Ultimate Concern in the Neo-Confucian Tradition: Wang Yangming’s Followers as an Example
  2. pp. 271-296
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 297-300
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 301-318
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