Wednesday, December 5

Reading assignment:  The Yi jing

The goal of Wednesday's class will be to look directly at one angle of Confucian classicism by examining the Yi jing, or Book of Changes, a concatenation of commentary material surrounding a very old and arcane divination manual.  We will discover in the text a highly schematic illustration of the Confucian doctrine of "timeliness," constructed as an analogy with a vision of Nature or the non-human cosmos.