By Yuri Pines
This formidable paintings specializes in the area of chinese language idea in the course of the Chunqiu (Springs and Autumns) interval (722-451 B.C.E.), the 2 and a part centuries at once previous and partially overlapping the time of Confucius, China's unmarried such a lot influential philosopher. rules constructed through Chunqiu statesmen and thinkers shaped the highbrow milieu of Confucius and his disciples and contributed on to the highbrow flowering of the Zhanguo (Warring States) period (453-221 B.C.E.), the formative interval of the chinese language highbrow culture. This research is the 1st try and systematically reconstruct significant highbrow traits in pre-Confucian China. Foundations of Confucian concept is predicated on an exploration of the Zuo zhuan, the biggest pre-imperial ancient textual content. counting on meticulous textual and linguistic research, Yuri Pines argues that 1000s of the speeches of Chunqiu statesmen recorded within the Zuo zhuan weren't, as has been argued, invented through the compiler of the treatise yet reproduced from past assets, hence making it an actual mirrored image of the Chunqiu highbrow culture. via tracing adjustments in principles and ideas during the Chunqiu interval, Pines reconstructs the dynamics of latest political and moral discourse, distilling significant highbrow impulses that Chunqiu thinkers bequeathed to their Zhanguo descendants.
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