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    DescriptionFor the Greeks, the craft of Odysseus and the wisdom of Athena were examples of metis, an elusive cast of mind that ranged from wisdom and forethought to craft and cunning. Although it informed many aspects of Greek society, metis was all but absent from the language of Greek philosophy. Invoking indigenous Chinese debates, Lisa Raphals here examines the role and significance of metic intelligence in classical Chinese philosophy, literature, history, and military strategy.Raphals first examines the range of meanings of the Chinese word zhi. As with the Greek metis, the uses of zhi include "wisdom," "knowledge," "intelligence," "skill," "cleverness," and "cunning." Drawing on parallels between the two traditions, she argues that, in China as in Greece, metic intelligence tacitly informed many aspects of cultural and social life. In China, these included views of the nature of knowledge and language, standards of personal and social morality, and theories of military strategy and statecraft. After surveying representative texts from the Warring States period, Raphals considers the function of metic intelligence as the dominant quality of central characters in two novels from the Ming dynasty, the Romance of Three Kingdoms and Journey to the West. Finally, she compares the treatment of themes of heroism and recognition in the Chinese and Greek narrative traditions.Knowing Words will be welcomed by sinologists, classicists, and scholars of comparative philosophy and literature.


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    Title
    Knowing Words
    Subtitle
    Wisdom and Cunning in the Classical Traditions of China and Greece
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lisa Raphals
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801426193
    ISBN 10: 0801426197
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HPCA, HPD
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/CHINES
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A10201500
    BISAC V2.8: PHI009000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15200
    BISAC V2.8: PHI003000, LIT004190
    B&T Approval Code: A10254200
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LIT008010
    DC22: 181.11
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 181/.11
    DC20: 181.11
    LC classification: B5231 .R37 1992, B5231.R37
    Thema V1.0: QDHA, QDH, DB
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    01 August 1992
    Publication City/Country
    Ithaca