Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. v

Translator s Preface

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xxiii

China and the Chinese have fascinated Westerners for several centuries past, and materials about the country and its people appeared in Europe in increasing quantities from the seventeenth century on. There were travel books, such...

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Opposition and Fellowship

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pp. 3-42

If we want to understand the Book of Changes and its philosophy, we must begin with the fact that it was originally a book of oracles that answered "yes" or "no" to certain questions. An unbroken line denoted the "ves" answer, a broken line the "no" answer. But at a very early date Chinese...

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The Spirit of Art Accordingto the Book of Changes

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pp. 43-84

A number of hexagrams in the Book of Changes explain the spirit of art. I w ould like to reflect upon art from three points of view. Today, during our first evening, I want to discuss art of the imagination, under which I understand poetry and the plastic arts; tomorrow, the art of sensations, the Arousing in man's psyche and how...

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Constancy in Change

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pp. 85-134

We live todav in a critical era. Humankind has experienced much; and I might sav that my life, as well as life generally, appears to be suffused with difficulties. Although we should acknowledge this fact, we should not become discouraged. If, indeed, we stand todav at the crossroads...

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Death and Renewal

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pp. 135-166

According to the Chinese concept ot the world, all phenomenal existence is conditioned bv two polar contrasts, the contrasts of light and dark, the positive and negative, or \ang and vin. In the metaphysical realm, the contrast appears as life and death. It is not mere chance that one of the oldest Chinese documents tells that...

Notes

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pp. 167-176

Index

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pp. 177-187