As early as the Warring States period in China (fourth through third centuries B.C.), debates arose concerning how and under what circumstances new institutions could be formed and legitimated. But the debates quickly encompassed more than just legitimation. Larger issues came to the fore: Can a sage innovate? If so, under what conditions? Where did human culture originally come from? Was it created by human sages? Is it therefore an artificial f...
By Michael J. Puett
Hardcover: 311 pages
Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 3100938
Format: PDF Text djvu ebook
This is a review of The Ambivalence of Creation by Michael Puett.I don't think I've ever said this in a review before, but already from the Introduction I knew that this book showed genuine brilliance. This volume is an excellent illustration of how