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The I Ching: A Biography by Richard J. Smith (review)

The I Ching: A Biography by Richard J. Smith (review) Reviews 483 any scholar or student will find extraordinarily useful. The Emergence of Daoism should be a seminal work consulted for some time to come. Andrew Meyer Andrew Meyer is an associate professor of history at Brooklyn College. He is the cotranslator of The Huainanzi: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Government in Early Han China and the author of The Dao of the Military: Liu An's Art of War. Note 1. These are: (1) a view of the dao as an "overarching and effective" force, simultaneously prior to and active in the cosmos; (2) the notion that the dao can be approached through ritual means leading to transcendence; (3) the resolve to keep these means secret and maintained within strict lines of transmission; (4) the rejection of all practices that "do not revere the direct manifestations of the [dao]," such as blood sacrifices, which are eschewed in favor of more "bureaucratic" means of communication with higher realms; and (5) an eschatology centered on the search for "transcendence" ( p. 18). Richard J. Smith. The I Ching: A Biography. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012. 304 pp. Hardcover $24.95, isbn 978-0-691-14509-9. The I Ching: A Biography http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

The I Ching: A Biography by Richard J. Smith (review)

China Review International , Volume 19 (3) – Apr 15, 2012

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Reviews 483 any scholar or student will find extraordinarily useful. The Emergence of Daoism should be a seminal work consulted for some time to come. Andrew Meyer Andrew Meyer is an associate professor of history at Brooklyn College. He is the cotranslator of The Huainanzi: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Government in Early Han China and the author of The Dao of the Military: Liu An's Art of War. Note 1. These are: (1) a view of the dao as an "overarching and effective" force, simultaneously prior to and active in the cosmos; (2) the notion that the dao can be approached through ritual means leading to transcendence; (3) the resolve to keep these means secret and maintained within strict lines of transmission; (4) the rejection of all practices that "do not revere the direct manifestations of the [dao]," such as blood sacrifices, which are eschewed in favor of more "bureaucratic" means of communication with higher realms; and (5) an eschatology centered on the search for "transcendence" ( p. 18). Richard J. Smith. The I Ching: A Biography. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012. 304 pp. Hardcover $24.95, isbn 978-0-691-14509-9. The I Ching: A Biography

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