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Mind and body in early China : beyond Orientalism and the myth of Holism

Author: Edward G Slingerland
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2019.
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Drawing upon cutting-edge knowledge and techniques from the sciences and digital humanities, 'Mind and Body in Early China' employs the lens of mind-body concepts to critique Orientalist accounts of early China.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Slingerland, Edward G. (Edward Gilman), author.
Mind and body in early China
New York : Oxford University Press, 2019
(DLC) 2018040318
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edward G Slingerland
ISBN: 9780190842314 0190842318 9780190842321 0190842326
OCLC Number: 1067169506
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction --
1. The myth of holism in Early China: Neo-orientalist conceptions of Chinese holism --
Ideograph versus logograph --
Concrete versus abstract --
Immanent versus transcendent --
Cause versus resonance --
Reality versus appearance --
Essence versus process --
Strong mind-body holism --
Lack of psychological interiority --
No conception of the individual --
No conception of the soul, afterlife, or "other world" --
Internal evidence against the general myth of holism --
External evidence against the general myth of holism --
A preview of the case against strong mind-body holism --
Part I: 2. Soul and body: traditional aarchaeological and textual evidence for soul-body dualism --
Mind-body dualism in the textual record --
Part II: 4. Embracing the digital humanities: new methods for analyzing texts and sharing scholarly knowledge --
Part III: Hermeneutical constraints: minds in our bodies and our feet on the ground --
Hermeneutical excesses: interpretive missteps and the essentialist trap --
Conclusion: naturalistic hermeneutics and the end of Orientalism --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Edward Slingerland.

Abstract:

Drawing upon cutting-edge knowledge and techniques from the sciences and digital humanities, 'Mind and Body in Early China' employs the lens of mind-body concepts to critique Orientalist accounts of early China.

Mind and Body in Early China' critiques Orientalist accounts of early China as the radical, "holistic" other. The idea that the early Chinese held the "strong" holist view, seeing no qualitative difference between mind and body, has long been contradicted by traditional archeological and qualitative textual evidence. New digital humanities methods, along with basic knowledge about human cognition, now make this position untenable. A large body of empirical evidence suggests that "weak" mind-body dualism is a psychological universal, and that human sociality would be fundamentally impossible without it.0Edward Slingerland argues that the humanities need to move beyond social constructivist views of culture, and embrace instead a view of human cognition and culture that integrates the sciences and the humanities. Our interpretation of texts and artifacts from the past and from other cultures should be constrained by what we know about the species-specific, embodied commonalities shared by all humans. This book also attempts to broaden the scope of humanistic methodologies by employing0team-based qualitative coding and computer-aided "distant reading" of texts, while also drawing upon our current best understanding of human cognition to transform our basic starting point. It has implications for anyone interested in comparative religion, early China, cultural studies, digital humanities, or science-humanities integration.

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