The Yi River Commentary on the Book of Changes


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Cheng Yi; Edited and Translated by L. Michael Harrington; Introduction by L. Michael Harrington and Robin R. Wang

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A translation of a key commentary on perhaps the most broadly influential text of classical China

This book is a translation of a key commentary on the Book of Changes, or Yijing (I Ching), perhaps the most broadly influential text of classical China. The Yijing first appeared as a divination text in Zhou-dynasty China (ca. 1045–256 bce) and later became a work of cosmology, philosophy, and political theory as commentators supplied it with new meanings. While many English translations of the Yijing itself exist, none are paired with a historical commentary as thorough and methodical as that written by the Confucian scholar Cheng Yi, who turned the original text into a coherent work of political theory.

Cheng Yi (1033–1107) was a Confucian philosopher of Song-dynasty China. L. Michael Harrington is associate professor of philosophy at Duquesne University. Robin R. Wang is professor of philosophy and director of Asian and Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

“Readers who are interested in the Neo-Confucianism of late imperial China must thank Michael Harrington for translating Cheng Yi’s commentary on the Book of Changes. The translation deepens our understanding of Cheng Yi’s philosophy as well as the moral-metaphysics of Neo-Confucianism.”—Tze-ki Hon, author of The Yijing and Chinese Politics, and the co-author of Teaching the I Ching
ISBN: 9780300218077
Publication Date: May 28, 2019
576 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
67 b/w illus.
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