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Material Virtue: Ethics and the Body in Early China

By Mark Csikszentmihalyi (NHC Fellow, 1997–98)

Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2004

From the publisher’s description:

This book reconstructs a neglected episode in the development of Confucianism, one that considerably influenced later Chinese religious thought. Material Virtue examines a set of four through first century B.C.E. Chinese texts that argue virtue has a physical correlate in the body. Based on both transmitted (e.g., the Mengzi or Mencius) and recently excavated (e.g., the Wuxing or Five Kinds of Action) texts, Material Virtue describes how the argument addresses challenges to early Chinese religious ethics in part by relying on emerging notions such as the balance of qi (pneumas) also found in natural philosophy.

Subjects
Philosophy / Virtue / Ethics / Natural Philosophy / Confucianism /

Csikszentmihalyi, Mark (NHC Fellow, 1997–98). Material Virtue: Ethics and the Body in Early China. Sinica Leidensia. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2004.