Warring States Papers
Studies in Chinese and Comparative Philology
Warring States Papers
This journal makes available, in a conveniently citable form, material from the Warring States Project's distributed Notes and Queries, its Conferences, and its E-mail dialogue, as well as other leading edge research from scholars around the world. Its subject range centers on classical China, but in recognition of the universal applicability of philological and historical method, it also includes studies of classical Indian and Greek subjects, with a special focus on the New Testament. Articles are brief, and emphasize clarity of presentation for a diverse professional readership.
The journal seeks to apply standard philological methods to major unsolved problems in several ancient traditions (chiefly classical China and the first Christian century) with a view to (a) establishing the nature and interrelations of the texts, (b) dating the texts or their constituent layers, and finally (c) reading the history of the period from that newly available source material. These fundamental preliminaries have tended to be overlooked in the scholarship of the last century, and the Project has been making a revolution by not overlooking them. Once they have been followed through, the history of each period is not only available for study as such, it is also available for comparison with similar developments both ancient and modern. The journal embodies selected results of these investigations. It is essential for individuals doing work in these fields, and for libraries at active research institutions.
The first volume (cover date 2010) was delayed for technical reasons, and appeared in May 2012. Subsequent volumes will follow at roughly half-year intervals until the cover date and the calendar date coincide, and annually thereafter. Orders may be placed through our distributor, the University of Massachusetts Press. Libraries may order through their jobber. Next-volume notification is available.
Sample papers from the current and some future volumes are available at this site. A year from the date of its appearance in print, the full contents of each volume will be available in permanent free-access form at the University's ScholarWorks archive.