Timing and Rulership in Master Lu's Spring and Autumn Annals (LUshih chunqou)

Albany, NY, USA: SUNY Press (2002)

The Lüshi chunqiu was written for and inspired the king who united the warring state to become China's first emperor in 221 BCE. This book explicates the concept of "proper timing," proposing that it helps bring unity to the diverse eclectic content of the text. The book analyzes the roles of human nature, the justification for the existence of the state, and the significance of personal, historical and cosmic timing. An organic instrumental position emerges from the diverse theories contained in the Lüshi chunqiu. The conclusion looks at ways to apply the Lüshi chunqiu’s philosophy to contemporary issues of time and timing, human nature, political order and constitutions, social and environmental ethics
Keywords pre-Qin philosophy, Zajia eclectic philosophy, art of ruling, Seasonal and timely action   Huanglao, Yin yang philosophy
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