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|Title: ||The study on Xushen's explanations of words in ancient literal meaning and the mystery culture of West and East Han dynasties|
|Other Titles: ||Xu Shen de zi yi xun gu yu liang Han de shen mi wen hua|
|Authors: ||Choi, Wai Yuk ( 蔡維玉)|
|Department: ||Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics|
|Degree: ||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Issue Date: ||2011|
|Publisher: ||City University of Hong Kong|
|Subjects: ||Mysticism -- China -- History.|
Chinese language -- Religious aspects.
|Notes: ||CityU Call Number: BL1812.M94 C45 2011|
iv, 2, 301, 20, 23, 10 leaves : ill. 30 cm.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--City University of Hong Kong, 2011.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 287-300)
|Abstract: ||On the premise of mysterious culture, this study explores the roots underlying the
fact that Xu Shen managed to interpret Chinese characters with the concept of
I-Ching, Yin and Yang, Five Elements and Divination of Confucian. Xu Shen did
not author Shuo Wen Jie Zi for the purpose of entertainment, nor did he intend to
chase after the literal meaning of Chinese characters. The authors argue that he
wrote the book to reach three ends, namely to explain Confucius classics; to
understand and to learn Confucianism; and to fulfill personal ambition. Apart from
the academic influences of his time, the purposes is his own academic orientation
Moreover, the author manages to address the following issues.
A thorough exploration of Xu Shen's interpretation, in the opinion of the author, he
based mostly on the Confucian Classics, while adopting some of the arugments and
concepts in Weishu.
Old Text School and New Text School have different views on mysterious culture.
The author thinks that Xu Shen's explanations of the Chinese characters are not
confined to the doctrines of either the Old or the New Text School, although he is
good at both.
In order to make his explanations convincing to the readers, Xu Shen's
explanations of the Chinese characters entail the useful ideas of many other
scholars. This made his explanations objective, convincing, but in a sense
conservative. However, since dictionaries should comply with the basic principle of objectivity, conservatism may turn out to be an advantage of Xu Shen's
Shuo Wen Jie Zi has 540 radicals. It starts from "Yi（一）", ends by "Hai（亥）",
which indicates the continuous nature of the life cycle. Xu Shen has repeatedly
emphasized the natural life cycle and reproduction when explaining the Heavenly
Stems, Earthly Branches and Numeral system. The author believes that Xu Shen's
analyses not only take into account of the principles used to explain the Confucius
classics, but also reflect his intention to establish a plank road to the kingdom of
mysterious culture by referring to the ideas of I-Ching, Yin and Yang and Five
Elements. He intends to build up a kingdom of characters which provides a perfect
structure to the reproduction of characters.
As a whole, the author believes that Xu Shen's explanation of Chinese characters
has great influence on later scholars. He helps later generations learn about ancient
Chinese astronomy，techniques and figure-ology，history, politics, culture and so on.
This dissertation conducted an investigation on Xu Shen's explanations of words in
Ancient literal meaning from the perspective of "mysterious culture". It is found
out that Xu Shen's explanations not only reveal his ideal and academic ideology,
but also provide us with important clues and evidence to understand the mysterious
|Online Catalog Link: ||http://lib.cityu.edu.hk/record=b4086078|
|Appears in Collections:||CTL - Doctor of Philosophy |
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