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Shizi: China's First Syncretist

Paul Fischer


By blending multiple strands of thought into one ideology, Chinese Syncretists of the pre-imperial period created an essential guide to contemporary ideas about self, society, and government. Merging traditions such as Ruism, Mohism, Daoism, Legalism, and Yin-Yang naturalism into their work, Syncretists created an integrated intellectual approach that contrasts with other, more specific philosophies. Presenting the first full English translation of the earliest example of a Syncretist text, this book introduces Western scholars to both the brilliance of the syncretic method and a critical work ... More

Keywords: syncretism, Chinese Syncretists, Chinese leadership, Shi Jiao, Warring States Period, Chinese culture, early Chinese philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231159067
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231159067.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Fischer, author
Western Kentucky University