Law and Morality in Ancient China: The Silk Manuscripts of Huang-Lao

By R. P. Peerenboom | Go to book overview
Save to active project

Notes

I. Introduction
1.
For an English introduction to the Mawangdui material, see Loewe, Jan Yun‐ hua (1), Tu Wei-ming (2), and Riegel. Riegel offers a partial bibliography of early works by Chinese scholars on the Mawangdui discoveries.
2.
For references to Huang-Lao in the classical literature, see Zhang Weihua (1), Zhong Zhaopeng (2), Wu Guang (2), and Yu Mingguang (2).
3.
Zhong Zhaopeng has scoured the historical records to compile an admirable summary in table form (name, nature of influence, and bibliographic citation) of Han political figures said to be influenced by Huang-Lao, see Zhong (2), pp.94, 97.
4.
Shi Ji 74.2347; 63.2146.
5.
See VII.3.1.
6.
See Tu Wei-ming (2); Riegel; Cheng Chung-ying; Schwartz, 237-254; and Jan Yun-hua (1-5). A recent article by Karen Turner advances a thesis similar to mine: namely, that Huang-Lao espouses natural law.
7.
The first is a broad survey by Wu Guang; cf. Wu (2). The second is by Yu Mingguang who attempts to differentiate "Lao xue" (the classical Daoism of Lao Zi) from "Huang xue" (the doctrines of the Yellow Emperor, also referred to as "Huang-Lao"); cf. Yu (3).
8.
Hu Xintian does offer a modern Chinese paraphrase of the text. (Hu died before completing his work. The task of editing and publishing fell to Li Zongtang.) Hu's version of the original text, however, often differs from the 1980 Wen Wu version. In addition, Hu frequently emends the text or supplies his own interpolation for missing characters without providing justification. The text is of little help to scholars seeking to understand the philosophy of Huang-Lao.

Jan Yun-hua (2) has translated into English the final short section labeled Dao Yuan. Takahashi has translated most of the first section, the Jing Fa, into Japanese and provided commentary and annotation. Guo Yuanxing has written an article explicating several difficult passages. Tang Lan provides a list of similar or identical passages to the silk manuscript in the classical

-285-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Law and Morality in Ancient China: The Silk Manuscripts of Huang-Lao
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 380

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?