The Original Meaning of the Yijing: Commentary on the Scripture of Change - Translations from the Asian Classics (Hardback)Joseph Adler (translator)
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Joseph A. Adler's translation of the Yijing includes for the first time in any Western language Zhu Xi's commentary in full. Adler explores Zhu Xi's interpretation of the text and situates it in the context of his overall theoretical system. Zhu Xi held that the Yijing was originally composed for the purpose of divination by the mythic sage Fuxi, who intended to create a system to aid decision making. The text's meaning, therefore, could not be captured by a single commentator; it would emerge for each person through the process of divination. This translation makes available to the English-language audience a crucial text in the history of Chinese religion and philosophy, with an introduction and translator's notes that explain its intellectual and historical context.
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm
Guided by Adler's sure and experienced hand, English-speaking scholars of the Yijing will now have access to a well-crafted, fully annotated, and authoritative translation of Zhu Xi's celebrated commentary on the Yijing. Among its many virtues, the translation unflinchingly addresses difficulties with the "fragmentary, cryptic, and exceedingly obscure" parts of the text that many Western translators have chosen to ignore or downplay. This magnificent achievement is indispensable for anyone seeking to understand the evolution of the Yijing. -- Richard J. Smith, author of Fathoming the Cosmos and Ordering the World: The Yijing (I Ching, or Classic of Changes) and Its Evolution in China
Joseph Adler's new translation of the Yijing and Zhu Xi's interlinear commentary deeply enriches our understanding of both texts. Here the two engage in a sort of dialogue across the centuries-with Zhu's commentary illuminating and giving meaning to the Yijing even as the Yijing gives shape to Zhu's influential philosophical vision. -- Daniel K. Gardner, author of Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction
Thanks to Professor Adler's careful and thoughtful rendition, The Original Meaning of the Yijing (Zhouyi benyi) of Zhu Xi is now available to readers who are interested in divination as a tool to come to terms with the complexity of everyday life. -- Tze-ki Hon, City University of Hong Kong
A welcome addition to the text and history of the Yijing. -- Peter K. Bol, Harvard University
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