Lecture Notes - 4/11 Shang and Zhou Dynasties: Writing,...

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4/11 Shang and Zhou Dynasties: Writing, Time, and TextsShang tomb started in Anyang, they are bronze metals.What are divinations about?
What do the archaeological evidences tell us about the Shang dynasty?11. Caoshu: “cursive script”
What material was the writing on?
-Political tool for the governing eliteWhy keep records?-To preserve the ideals of the past, as mirror for the present- instead of preserving only the things of thepast.-In reverence for the past, as source of meaning and inspiration in philosophy, art, literature-To utilize the past to meet the practical needs of the present: gu wei jin yong古为今用Chinese traditional conception of cosmos: yin and yang. Things are always in process of change.

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Term
Winter
Professor
CHU
Tags
Han Dynasty, Chinese philosophy, Qin Shi Huang, Analects, Zhou Dynasty, Lunyu

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