Warring States Papers
Call for Papers
The Project's researches have laid the foundation for a chronologically consistent understanding of the classical Chinese texts, and for the transition into the unified situation of Chin and Han. We invite contributions extending that work, and exploring its implications for the understanding of Chinese thought in its political and military context. A special feature of this work is the BIRD test, which permits subtle inspection of the narrative continuity (or lack of it) in selected texts.
Studies of the major texts are always relevant, as are studies of individual words or general themes, or of methodology as such. Some lines of present work are given below. Others, either developing or supplementing them, will readily occur to readers of this page. Click here for some specific author Guidelines, and be sure to inquire of the Editors before submitting manuscripts.
- Chun/Chyou (the most neglected primary text in any major tradition).
- Analects (see The Original Analects,1998, suggesting many avenues of further research)
- Shr (influence from Warring States political and military situation; growth of formulaic lines; prosodic meaning)
- Mwodz (especially the ethical and logical writings, and their relation to other lines of thought
- Social location and culture of the Micians
- Gradual convergence of Mician and Confucian philosophies of service
- Dzwo Jwan (a sex-and-violence rewrite of the Chun/Chyou, and a parallel to the development of early Mician theology)
- Shu (role in the false antiquity of the Micians, copied by the Confucians, reflecting late 04c ideas of social reality) .
- Sundz (and the unattested military development preceding it
- Wudz and the other late military texts: Szma Fa, Wei Lyaudz)
- Lw-shr Chun/Chyou (its range of contact with earlier traditions)
- Han Feidz as a Han text; its relation to Han politics
- Gwandz (the always neglected manual of the resource state).
- Jwangdz (as a collection of collections; compare the Psalms)
- Dau/Dv Jing (its uneasy relation with the many Jwangdz groups)
- Yendz Chun/Chyou: known to the Mencians, and interesting in its own right
- Shang-jywn Shu as a gradual accretion process
- Shan/Hai Jing in its realistic (political geography) as well as fantastic aspect
- [And so on]
Themes and Realia
- Hints of early medical practice in the Pre-Han texts
- Eastern and Central Shu
Methodology and Comparative
- Target numbers in the Shr: Interpolation and Compensation
- Linguistic distinctions within texts (Northern and Southern Mencians; Mician and other Gwandz chapters)
- Evolution out of feudalism (indirect sovereignty) in early China and Napoleonic France (or elsewhere)
- Law and Literacy
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