Music, Cosmology, and the Politics of Harmony in Early China (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)

Music, Cosmology, and the Politics of Harmony in Early China (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)


Explores the spiritual, political, and cultural value attributed to song in early China.

In early China, conceptions of tune grew to become vital culturally and politically. This attention-grabbing booklet examines a variety of texts and discourse on track in this interval (ca. 500–100 BCE) in gentle of the increase of spiritual, protoscientific ideals at the intrinsic concord of the cosmos. through monitoring how track started to tackle cosmic and spiritual value, Erica Fox Brindley exhibits how song used to be used as a device for such organizations as nation unification and cultural imperialism. She additionally outlines how musical discourse observed the expansion of an specific psychology of the feelings, served as a basic medium for religious attunement with the cosmos, and was once concept to have application and efficiency in drugs. whereas discussions of song in kingdom ritual or as a cultured and cultural perform abound, this booklet is exclusive in linking tune to spiritual trust and demonstrating its convergences with key spiritual, political, and highbrow adjustments in early China.

“This is a gigantic contribution to the sector when it comes to addressing a few early conceptions of tune and its social, cultural, and political function within the constructing political and cosmic approach in response to correlative pondering, or because the writer places it, a ‘cosmology of mystical resonance.’” — Joanne D. Birdwhistell, writer of Mencius and Masculinities: Dynamics of strength, Morality, and Maternal Thinking

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