Before Confucianism: From Emperor Yao to Confucius
By Yang Rubin  Publisher: SDX Joint Publishing Company
Paper Back
2023-08-01 | ISBN: 978-7-108-07522-2
Rights Manager: Xiao Jieru

This book by Professor Yang Rubin delves into the intellectual history of Confucianism and the pre- Confucius era. With a comprehensive command of methodologies and source materials spanning diverse fields such as history (especially the history of Xia, Shang and Zhou dynasties and history of Confucianism), archaeology, mythology, history, and ancient literature, the author constructs a research framework that is both expansive and profound. The scope of inquiry is panoramic. As the narrative navigates through myths, classical texts, historical records, and unearthed artifacts, this book skillfully traces the genealogy and historical events that shaped the early foundations of Confucianism, offering insights into its emergence during the historical period characterized by the prominence of Wuism as well as Xia and Shang dynasties. This nascent Confucianism finds representation in notable figures such as King Wen of Zhou, Duke of Zhou, and Confucius. This book sheds light on their pivotal roles in the intellectual landscape of Confucianism during this period.