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Nylan, Michael

Works: 55 works in 166 publications in 3 languages and 9,372 library holdings
Genres: Quotations  History  Exhibition catalogs  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Personal correspondence  Sacred books  Juvenile works  Caricatures and cartoons 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Translator, Contributor, Creator
Classifications: PL2478, 181.112
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Michael Nylan
The five "confucian" classics by Michael Nylan( )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 1,925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Five Classics associated with Confucius formed the core curriculum in the education of Chinese literati throughout most of the imperial period. In this book Michael Nylan offers a sweeping assessment of these ancient texts and shows how their influence spread across East Asia."--Jacket
The Canon of supreme mystery = [Tai xuan jing] by Xiong Yang( )

15 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 1,500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The elemental changes : the ancient Chinese companion to the I ching by Xiong Yang( )

17 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Composed in 2 B.C., as "The I Ching revised and enlarged," The Elemental Changes is a divination manual providing a clear method for distinguishing alternative courses of action. Structured in 81 tetragrams (as opposed to the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching), the book offers much to the modern reader. Today in the West, The Elemental Changes is an essential tool for understanding the Tao as is operates in the Cosmos, in the minds of sages, and in sacred texts. It is also one of the great philosophical poems in world literature, assessing the rival claims on human attention of fame, physical immortality, wealth, and power while it situates human endeavor within the larger framework of cosmic energies
Exemplary figures = Fayan by Xiong Yang( )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of essays on orthodox Confucian philosophy, authored by Yang Xiong, the famed Confucian scholar in Chinese history
Chang'an 26 BCE : an Augustan Age in China by Michael Nylan( )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The northern Chinese city of Chang'an, located near today's Xi'an, was the capital of multiple dynasties. At its zenith during the Western Han dynasty, before an interregnum period divided the dynasty into the Western/Former Han (202 BCE-9 CE) and Eastern/Later Han (25-220 CE), Chang'an was nearly three times the size of Rome and nearly four times larger than Alexandria. Although thousands of studies document imperial Rome's glory, no book-length work in a Western language is devoted to Chang'an, even though the two cities had comparable numbers of capital residents and imperial subjects and comparably vast territories. Chang'an 26 BCE addresses this deficiency, using the reign period of Emperor Chengdi (r. 33-7 BCE) and the year in which the Imperial Library Project began (26 BCE) as a focal point. Such a volume is possible now through correlation of archaeological and literary records relating to several decades in the capital region, when the Western Han capital flourished brilliantly before it was partially razed in 23 CE. This first in-depth survey by some of the world's best scholars, Chinese and Western, builds a case for the need to revise historical assumptions about the two Han dynasties"--Provided by publisher
The letter to Ren An & Sima Qian's legacy by Stephen W Durrant( )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'Surely, a man has but one death. That death may be as heavy as Mount Tai or as light as a goose feather. It is how he uses that death that makes all the difference!' So wrote Sima Qian (first century BCE), author of Record of the Historian (Shiji), the first comprehensive history of China's past, in his 'Letter to Ren An.' In this, the most famous letter in Chinese history, he explains his decision to finish his life's work, the first comprehensive history of the Chinese past, which was begun by his late father, rather than to honorably commit suicide following his castration for 'deceiving the emperor.' The authenticity of the letter, which is included in Sima Qian's biography in Ban Gu's (CE 32-92) History of the Han Dynasty, has been debated for millennia. Is it a genuine piece of writing by Sima Qian addressed to a fellow sufferer who was himself languishing in prison and would die in 91 BCE? Or is it a very early work of literary impersonation whereby Ban Gu or a still earlier author sought to elucidate Sima Qian's reasoning through an epistle? Conceived as a text for Chinese history courses, this compact volume provides a full translation of the letter (along with the original Chinese text) and uses different interpretations of this key document to explore issues in textual history, epistolary culture, Han politics, and Han thought. It shows how ideas about friendship, loyalty, factionalism, and authorship encoded in the letter have far-reaching implications for the study of China"--Provided by publisher
Lives of Confucius : civilization's greatest sage through the ages by Michael Nylan( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The profound influence of Confucius across the ages--his teachings of personal and government morality, justice, and appropriateness in social relationships--is the subject of this unique history
Recarving China's past : art, archaeology, and architecture of the "Wu family shrines" by Cary Y Liu( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Wu Family shrines, one of the most important cultural monuments of early China, comprise approximately 50 stone slabs from the so-called Wu cemetery in Shandong province. This illustrated book examines the stone slabs and their rubbings, as artifactswith a complex cultural history from the second century to the present
China's early empires : a re-appraisal( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent decides archaeological discoveries, including manuscripts, have shed new fight on the history of China. For example, they make possible a wider and deeper account of the growth of cities and of the spread of chinese influence over distant areas. This book, with a focus on Qiti and Has (221 BCE-220 CE) as seen within the classical era, provides the first comprehensive survey of these developments and evaluates the newly found evidence in the light of earlier conclusions and the research of scholars in China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Europe and America. Through cross-cultural comparisons, as well as through close study of both the excavated and received literature, new conclusions are presented with respect to relatively understand topics, such as gender, history of science and modes of persuasion. The volume also challenges the "common wisdom" in such established fields as Buddhism, Daoism, legal studies and social history. Thus the volume provides an effective supplement to Volume 1 of The Cambridge History of China published in 1986, and shows how subsequent archaeology has widened and enriched our perception of China's history in this period. --Book Jacket
The Analects : the Simon Leys Translation, Interpretations by Confucius( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This Norton Critical Edition situates the historical figure of Kongzi, the legendary figure of Confucius, and the Analects (or Lunyu), the single most influential book ascribed to the Master's circles of disciples, within their evolving ethical, cultural, and political contexts"--Page 4 of cover
Yang Xiong and the pleasures of reading and classical learning in China by Michael Nylan( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Chinese pleasure book by Michael Nylan( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 'The Chinese Pleasure Book', Michael Nylan takes up one of the most important themes in Chinese thought: the relation of pleasurable activities to bodily health and the health of the body politic. In a notable contrast to Western writings on the subject, early Chinese writings oppose pleasure not with pain but with insecurity. All assume that it is right and proper to seek and take pleasure, as well as short-term delight, and all are equally certain that long-term relational pleasures are more easily sustained-as well as potentially more satisfying and less damaging. The pleasures that become deeper and more ingrained over the long term, as one invests time and effort into their cultivation, include friendship and music, sharing with others, developing integrity and greater clarity, reading and classical learning, and going home. Nylan explores each of these fields of activity through the early sources (mainly fourth century BC to the eleventh century AD), providing new translations for both well-known and seldom-cited texts
The shifting center : the original "Great plan" and later readings by Michael Nylan( Book )

10 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ying Shao's Feng su tʻung yi : an exploration of problems in Han dynasty political, philosophical and social unity by Michael Nylan( )

12 editions published between 1982 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Huan hua zhi long : liang qian nian Zhongguo li shi bian qian zhong de Kongzi = Lives of Confucius : civilization's greatest sage through the ages by Michael Nylan( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in Chinese and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wisdom of Confucius by Confucius( Book )

2 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life and social ethics of the great Chinese sage
The shifting center: the original "Great plan" and later readings by Michael Nylan( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and German and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Li Zehou and Confucian Philosophy( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For more than a century scholars both inside and outside of China have undertaken the project of modernizing Confucianism, but few have been as successful or influential as Li Zehou (b. 1930). Since the 1950s, Li’s extensive efforts in this regard have in turn exerted a profound influence on Chinese modernization and resulted in his becoming one of China’s most prominent social critics. To transform Confucianism into a contemporary resource for positive change in China and elsewhere, Li has reinterpreted major ideas and concepts of classical Confucianism, including a rereading of the entire Analects, replete with his own philosophical speculations derived from other Chinese and Western traditions (most notably, the ideas of Kant and Marx), and developed an aesthetical theory that has proved especially far-reaching. Although the authors of this volume hail from East Asia, North America, and Europe and a wide variety of academic backgrounds and fields of study, they are unanimous in their appreciation of Li’s contributions to not only an evolving Confucian philosophy, but also world philosophy. They view Li first and foremost as a sui generis thinker with broad global interests and not one who fits neatly into any one philosophical category, Chinese or Western. This is clearly reflected in the chapters included here, which are organized into three parts: Li Zehou and the Modernization of Confucianism, Li Zehou’s Reconception of Confucian Philosophy, and Li Zehou’s Aesthetical Theory and Confucianism. Together they form a coherent narrative that reveals how Li has, for more than half a century, creatively studied, absorbed, and reconceptualized the Confucian ideational tradition to integrate it with Western philosophical elements and develop his own philosophical insights and original theories. At the same time, he has transformed and modernized Confucianism for the purpose of both coalescing with and reconstructing a new world cultural order
Confucianisms for a Changing World Cultural Order( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a concept of person that contrasts starkly with the discrete, self-determining individual, an artifact of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Western European approaches to modernization that has become closely associated with liberal democracy.Examining the meaning and value of Confucianism in the twenty-first century, the contributors—leading scholars from universities around the world—wrestle with several key questions: What are Confucian values within the context of the disparate cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam? What is their current significance? What are the limits and historical failings of Confucianism and how are these to be critically addressed? How must Confucian culture be reformed if it is to become relevant as an international resource for positive change? Their answers vary, but all agree that only a vital and critical Confucianism will have relevance for an emerging world cultural order
Yang Xiong and the pleasures of reading and classical learning in China by Michael Nylan( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction: Yang's life from the early sources -- Playing with manuscripts: stages in an evolving manuscript culture; literacy, and Yang Xiong's intended readers -- Playing with words: Yang's play with graphs and dialogues; Yang's pleasure theory as it relates to classical learning -- At play with the ancients: philological matters; Yang the historian; background to the Haogu movement
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The five "confucian" classics
The elemental changes : the ancient Chinese companion to the I chingLives of Confucius : civilization's greatest sage through the agesRecarving China's past : art, archaeology, and architecture of the "Wu family shrines"China's early empires : a re-appraisal
Alternative Names
Dai, Meike

Dai, Meike 1950-

Nylan, Michael Ms. 1950-

戴, 梅可 1950-


戴梅可 1950-

English (123)

Chinese (2)

German (1)