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Mind and Body in Early China: Beyond Orientalism and the Myth of Holism

Edward Slingerland


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. Views of China as the radical, “holistic” Other are unsupportable for a variety of reasons. The idea that the early Chinese saw no qualitative difference between mind and body (the “strong” holist view) has long been contradicted by traditional archaeological and qualitative textual evidence. New digital humanities methods, such as large-scale textual analysis, make this position even le ... More

Keywords: mind-body dualism, Orientalism, early China, Chinese philosophy, Chinese thought, Chinese religion, digital humanities, folk psychology

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190842307
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190842307.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Slingerland, author
Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Religious Studies, University of British Columbia

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PART I Qualitative Approaches to Concepts of Mind and Body

Part II Quantitative Approaches to Concepts of Mind and Body

PART III Methodological Issues in the Interpretation of Textual Corpora

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