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The Literati

Yuri Pines

in The Everlasting Empire: The Political Culture of Ancient China and Its Imperial Legacy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691134956
eISBN:
9781400842278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691134956.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter focuses on the intellectuals' voluntary attachment to the ruler's service as their single most significant choice. It elucidates both the advantages of this choice and its price. Having ... More


The Supervisory System of Confucian Constitutionalism: Reflections on the Supervision of the State by the Academy

Jiang Qing

in A Confucian Constitutional Order: How China's Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691154602
eISBN:
9781400844845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154602.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter proposes another institution—the Academy—that is meant to further restrain the power of parliamentarians. In Western constitutionalism, power is limited by means of rights. In Confucian ... More


Ancient China’s Cultural Constitution: A Unified Script and Mandarin Chinese

Su Li

in The Constitution of Ancient China

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691171593
eISBN:
9781400889778
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691171593.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the role and significance of a unified script and Mandarin Chinese for the political and cultural formation of ancient China. From the Qin dynasty on, the bureaucracy was ... More


Scholar-Officials

Su Li

in The Constitution of Ancient China

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691171593
eISBN:
9781400889778
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691171593.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the evolution and development of the selection system for scholar-officials in ancient China. It also considers how the institution of selection has adjusted in response to the ... More


Monastic Transmission: Cases Reflecting Mythology, Monasticism, and Succession

Steven Heine

in Zen Koans

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839734
eISBN:
9780824868901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839734.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Zen first emerged in China as a renegade spiritual movement located in the southern area, far from the halls of power, which used shocking teaching methods and found itself positioned on the fringes ... More


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