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The Siren and the Sage: Knowledge and Wisdom in Ancient Greece and China

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A comparative study of what the most influential writers of Ancient Greece and China thought it meant to have knowledge and whether they distinguished knowledge from other forms of wisdom. It surveys selected works of poetry, history and philosophy from the period of roughly the eighth through to the second century BCE, including Homer's "Odyssey", the ancient Chinese "Classic of Poetry", Thucydides' "History of the Peloponnesian War", Sima Qian's "Records of the Historian", Plato's "Symposium", and Laozi's "Dao de Jing and the writings of Zhuangzi". The intention, through such juxtaposition, is to introduce the foundational texts of each tradition which continue to influence the majority of the world's population.

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Shankman (English and classics, U. of Oregon) and Durrant (East Asian languages and literature, U. of Oregon) offer the university student or general reader a comparative study of what ancient Chinese and ancient Greek writers thought it meant to know and whether they distinguished knowledge from wisdom, based on selected works of poetry, history, and philosophy from roughly the eighth through the second centuries BC.
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A comparative study of what the most influential writers of Ancient Greece and China thought it meant to have knowledge and whether they distinguished knowledge from other forms of wisdom. It surveys selected works of poetry, history and philosophy from the period of roughly the eighth through to the second century BCE, including Homer's "Odyssey", the ancient Chinese "Classic of Poetry", Thucydides' "History of the Peloponnesian War", Sima Qian's "Records of the Historian", Plato's "Symposium", and Laozi's "Dao de Jing and the writings of Zhuangzi". The intention, through such juxtaposition, is to introduce the foundational texts of each tradition which continue to influence the majority of the world's population.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 234-248) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780304706402
Author:
Shankman, Steven
Author:
Durrant, Stephen
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Location:
London ;
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
Philosophy, ancient
Subject:
China
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Literature, comparative
Subject:
Greek literature
Subject:
Chinese literature
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
Eastern - General
Subject:
Greek literature -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Philosophy-Surveys
Subject:
General Philosophy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.22 x 6.36 x 0.79 in

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A comparative study of what the most influential writers of Ancient Greece and China thought it meant to have knowledge and whether they distinguished knowledge from other forms of wisdom. It surveys selected works of poetry, history and philosophy from the period of roughly the eighth through to the second century BCE, including Homer's "Odyssey", the ancient Chinese "Classic of Poetry", Thucydides' "History of the Peloponnesian War", Sima Qian's "Records of the Historian", Plato's "Symposium", and Laozi's "Dao de Jing and the writings of Zhuangzi". The intention, through such juxtaposition, is to introduce the foundational texts of each tradition which continue to influence the majority of the world's population.
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