Description: These fifty-nine pioneering articles by scholars from around the world (17 women/ 22 men) showcase recent advances in Taoist Studies. Instead of upholdingconventional paradigms, these innovative studies expand our very concepts ofTaoism by probing social and historical dimensions unimagined bytwentieth-century minds. Overturning virtually all customary premises, theydemonstrate Taoist activities by centuries of emperors, officials, literati, andwomen; Taoist involvement in medicine, the sciences, and the very origins ofprinting; Taoist art, architecture, music; even Taoists as healthcare providers.Rather than decaying in late-imperial or modern China, Taoism has continued toevolve and reach new audiences (for instance marketing age-old self-cultivationpractices to educated men and women in today’s urban settings).A critical Introduction by Russell Kirkland (author of Taoism: The EnduringTradition and co-editor of Routledge Studies in Taoism) analyzes the PresentGeneration compared to earlier scholars. This collection offers today’sfreshest, most stimulating insights into Taoism’s durability and richdiversity. It is an essential work of reference and is destined to be valued byscholars and advanced students as a vital research tool.
Contents: VOLUME IPart 1: Overviews of the Taoist Tradition1. Russell Kirkland, ‘The History of Taoism: A New Outline’, Journal ofChinese Religions, 2002, 30, 177–93.2. Kristofer Schipper, ‘Taoism: The Story of the Way’, in S. Little, K.Schipper, W. Hung, and N. Steinhardt (eds.), Taoism and the Arts of China(University of California Press, 2000), pp. 33–55.Part 2: Hermeneutical Issues and New Perspectives3. Fabrizio Pregadio, ‘Introduction’, Encyclopedia of Taoism (Routledge,2008), pp. xiii–xvi.4. Russell Kirkland, ‘Probing the Anti-Taoist Biasses of Western Sinology:Toward a Globalization of Taoist Studies’, in Evgeny Torchinov (ed.),Religiozno-filosofskoe nasledie Vostoka v germenevticheskoi perspektive (‘TheReligious and Philosophical Legacy of the East: Hermeneutical Perspectives’)(Peterburgskoe Filosofskoe Oschestvo, 2004), pp. 69–81.5. Nathan Sivin, ‘Drawing Insights from Chinese Medicine’, Journal ofChinese Philosophy, 2007, 34, 43–55.6. T. H. Barrett, ‘Taoism and the State’, in F. Predagio (ed.), Encyclopediaof Taoism (Routledge, 2008), pp. 162–5.7. Kenneth Dean, ‘The Daoist Difference: Alternatives to Imperial Power andVisions of a Unified Civilisation’, Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology,2012, 13, 128–41.Part 3: Continuities and Transformations of Elements of ‘Classical’ TaoismDuring Imperial Times8. Evgeny Tortchinov, ‘The Doctrine of the "Mysterious Female" in Taoism: ATranspersonalist View’, in T. R. Soidla and S. I. Shapiro (eds.), Everythingis According to the Way: Voices of Russian Transpersonalism (Bolda-LokPublishing and Educational Enterprises, 1997), pp. 97–108.9. Stephen Bokenkamp, ‘The Prehistory of Laozi: His Prior Career as a Woman inthe Lingbao Scriptures’, Cahiers d’Extrême-Asie, 2004, 14, 403–21.10. Friederike Assandri, ‘Laozi’s Eclipse and Comeback: The Narrative Frameof the Benji jing’, Journal of Daoist Studies, 2008, 1, 1–27.11. Alan K. L. Chan, ‘Affectivity and the Nature of the Sage: Gleanings from aTang Daoist Master’, Journal of Daoist Studies, 2010, 3, 1–27.Part 4: The Formation of the Daoist ‘Canon’ and the Importance of Scripturein Daoism12. Stephen Bokenkamp, ‘Lu Xiujing, Buddhism, and the First Daoist Canon’,in Scott Pearce, Audrey Spiro, and Patricia Ebrey (eds.), Culture and Power inthe Reconstitution of the Chinese Realm, 200–600 (Harvard University Press,2001), pp. 181–99.13. Barbara Hendriscke, ‘The Place of the Scripture on Great Peace in theFormation of Taoism’, in John Lagerwey (ed.), Religion and Chinese Society,Vol. I (Chinese University Press and École francaise d’Extreme-Orient, 2004),pp. 249–78.Part 5: Early Taoist Social Institutions14. Kristofer Schipper, ‘Daoist Ecology—The Inner Transformation: A Study ofthe Precepts of the Early Daoist Ecclesia’, in N. J. Girar