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What elevates a mere word to the status of keyword? What does it mean to translate a keyword and map its meaning against other languages? Like every major culture, Chinese has its set of keywords: pivotal terms of political, ethical, literary, and philosophical discourse. Tracing the origins, development, polysemy, and usages of keywords is one of the best ways to chart cultural and historical changes. This volume analyzes some of these keywords from different disciplinary and temporal perspectives, offering a new integrative study of their semantic richness, development trajectory, and distinct usages in Chinese culture. The authors of the volume explore different keywords and focus on different periods and genres, ranging from philosophical and historical texts of the Warring States period (453–221 BCE) to late imperial (ca. 16th–18th centuries CE) literature and philosophy. The premise of this book is that taking the long view and encompassing different disciplines yield new insights and unexpected connections.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. W. Y. L., Y. P.
  3. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Wai-yee Li
  3. pp. ix-xlvi
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  1. SECTION 1. The Making of Keywords
  1. 1. How to Name or Not to Name: That Is the Question in Early Chinese Philosophy
  2. Carine Defoort
  3. pp. 3-36
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  1. 2. Chinese he 和 in Many Keys, Harmonized in Europe
  2. Joachim Gentz
  3. pp. 37-84
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  1. 3. From “Scribe” to “History”: The Keyword shi 史
  2. Stephen Durrant
  3. pp. 85-120
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  1. SECTION 2. Socio-political Keywords
  1. 4. What’s in a Slogan? The Political Rationale and the Economic Debates behind “Enrich the State” (fuguo 富國) in Early China
  2. Romain Graziani
  3. pp. 123-168
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  1. 5. “To Die for the Sanctity of the Name”: Name (ming 名) as Prime Mover of Political Action in Early China
  2. Yuri Pines
  3. pp. 169-216
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  1. SECTION 3. Virtue Keywords
  1. 6. Embodied Virtue: How Was Loyalty Edited and Performed in Late Imperial China?
  2. Chiung-yun Evelyn Liu
  3. pp. 219-268
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  1. 7. Filial Piety as an Emotion in Late Imperial China
  2. Maram Epstein
  3. pp. 269-314
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  1. SECTION 4. Keywords of the Self
  1. 8. Before the Emergence of Desire
  2. Andrew Plaks
  3. pp. 317-334
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  1. 9. Looking for the True Self
  2. Wai-yee Li
  3. pp. 335-380
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  1. Afterword: Philological Reflections on Chinese Conceptual History: Introducing Thesaurus Linguae Sericae
  2. Christoph Harbsmeier
  3. pp. 381-404
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789882378469
Related ISBN
9789882371194
MARC Record
OCLC
1146285540
Pages
360
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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