Warring States Project
The Project's emphasis on standard philological and historical methodology makes it distinctive in all three of its fields of endeavor, where that methodology has not been systematically applied. The publication program makes the Project's research results readily available to specialists, teachers, students, and the reading public. There are three book series, and two associated journals.
The witnesses for China's classical period are about three dozen texts. The traditional understanding of the period mythologizes Confucius, overemphasizes the Confucian against the statecraft and military texts, treats the meditation texts as comic relief, and ignores the sub-elite Micians, whose approach is more relevant to modern issues than any of the others. The Project seeks a better balanced and methodologically more responsible understanding.This series, covering several of the major texts, supplements and completes The Original Analects (Columbia 1998), a translation and commentary on the Analects of Confucius. The following list is in chronological order of the texts included. The survey volume, The Emergence of China, is listed last.
Spring and Autumn: The Chinese World Before Confucius
Three Hundred Poems: The Chinese Classical Repertoire
A Usable Past: The Chinese Classic of Documents
Before the Yi: The First Chinese Divination Manual
Arts of War: The Classical Chinese Military Tradition (expected 2017)
Quiet Ways: The Mystical Statecraft of the Dau/Dv Jing (expected 2018)
Waging Peace: The Mician Program for Ancient China
Mencius: A Disputed Heritage
The Emergence of China: From Confucius to the Empire (published 2015)
In this annual journal will be found many of the preliminary studies for the above, and studies of texts not separately treated in that series.
The witnesses for Early Christianity are about three dozen canonical and noncanonical texts, many of which are incorrectly dated or otherwise misunderstood. A complication is that the theology of the modern churches is largely Pauline in its theology, which exerts a restraining influence on all research tending to develop the pre-Pauline period of the Jesus movement,
The emergence of Christianity from Judaism is one of the great events in Western history, but it is rarely taught in a historical context. These publications attempt to fill the gap. As with Ancient in China in Context, this series covers the principal early texts, the first of which is the Gospel of Mark). Like the Context series, this one includes am overview volume, Jesus and After.
Gospels of Mark: The Oldest Story of Jesus (expected 2018)
Zeal for the Promise: Letters and Life of Paul of Tarsus
Luke the Healer: The Gospel of Poverty
Inventing Christianity: The Acts of the Apostles
Kingdom of Heaven: Jesus According to Matthew
Ye Are Also Witnesses: Jesus in the Gospel of John
Jesus and After: The First Eighty Years (expected 2017)
In this annual journal appear many of the research results which underlie the above volumes, plus studies of texts and tendencies not individually covered in that series.
The Project's interest in the methodology appropriate to the text-based sciences has its own series. Some of the preliminary studies appear in the journal Alpha, listed above. This group includes results with the Homeric texts, and one one general primer on philological method.
One volume on each of the Homeric poems, here approached analytically and with the advantage of a new method of stylistic analysis. The overview volume, Reading Texts, is a summary of methodology in all the text-based sciences, including early China and early Christianity. In the area of methodology, it is the overview volume for all the book series.
Penelope in Waiting: Her Odyssey
Homer's Achilles: The Next to Last Iliad
Reading Texts: A Checklist for the Historian
For Project publications outside the Project's own publishing program, see the Other page.
All Project publications have the same Editors, plus overlapping Advisors for Sinological and Early Christian publications. They bring an interdisciplinary perspective to bear on problems which have been treated more narrowly in the past. In all its publications, the Project wishes to affirm, and to carry out in practice, its perception that basic methodology is uniform across all the humanistic sciences, and that our chosen fields stand to benefit by being approached in terms of that methodology, and with the benefit of that wider view.
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