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A Spiritual Geography of Early Chinese Thought: Gods, Ancestors, and Afterlife
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A Spiritual Geography of Early Chinese Thought: Gods, Ancestors, and Afterlife (Hardback)

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The notions of 'gods' and religious beliefs in early China are often considered to be either unique to a single non-representative thinker, and therefore irrelevant in the writings of mainstream Chinese thinkers, or inconsequential to Chinese moral and political thought. Rejecting the claim that religious practice plays a minimal philosophical role, Kelly James Clark and Justin Winslett offer a textual study that maps the religious terrain of early Chinese texts. They analyse the pantheon of extrahumans, from high gods down to ancestor spirits, and discuss their various representations, as well as examining conceptions of the afterlife and religious ritual.



Demonstrating how religious beliefs are both textually endorsed and ritually embodied, this book reveals that religion in early China is philosophically salient. The summative chapter on the role of religious ritual in moral formation, shows how religion forms a complex philosophical system capable of informing moral, social, economic, and political conditions.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesNon-Western philosophyReligion & BeliefsOther non-Christian religionsOriental religionsReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalPhilosophy of religion Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 26/01/2023 ISBN-13: 9781350262171  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Kelly James Clark is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul. Justin Winslett is University Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK.

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