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The Animal and the Daemon in Early China

last modified Mar 03, 2016 05:06 PM

A Chinese translation of the book The Animal and the Daemon in Early China by Prof. Roel Sterckx, Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science and Civilization, has now been published by Jiangxi rennin chubanshe (Chinese language site).

Exploring the cultural perception of animals in early Chinese thought, this reading of Warring States and Han dynasty writings analyzes how views of animals were linked to human self perception and investigates the role of the animal world in the conception of ideals of sagehood and socio-political authority.

It shows how perceptions of the animal world influenced early Chinese views of man’s place among the living species and in the world at large and argues that the classic Chinese perception of the world did not insist on clear categorical or ontological boundaries between animals, humans, and other creatures such as ghosts and spirits.

The book was first published in English by the State University of New York Press.


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