Edited by Russell Kirkland
Routledge – 2015 – 1,600 pages
Among the world’s major religions, and as one of the five religions officially recognized in the People’s Republic of China, Taoism is undoubtedly the most incompletely known and most poorly understood. This new four-volume collection from Routledge meets the need for an authoritative anthology to enable users to navigate and make sense of the subject’s large body of scholarship. Edited by Russell Kirkland, a leading expert in the field, this new Routledge title is a ‘mini library’ of foundational and the very best cutting-edge work.
The efflorescence of Taoist Studies among scholars of the late twentieth century arose from, and further stimulated, a different set of interpretive perspectives. The present collection is devoted to the new studies – historical and textual – that have begun bringing the activities of Taoist men and women, throughout Chinese history, into the limelight of scholarly attention.
Taoism includes a full index and a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context. It is an essential work of reference and is destined to be valued by scholars and advanced students as a vital research tool.
Volume I. Part I: Overviews of the Taoist Tradition; Part II: Hermeneutical Issues and New Perspectives; Part III: Continuities and Transformations of Elements of "Classical" Taoism During Imperial Times; Part IV: The Formation of the Daoist "Canon" and the Importance of Scripture in Daoism; Part V: Early Taoist Social Institutions; Volume II. Part VI: Taoist Cosmology and Concepts of "Nature"; Part VII: Interplay Among China’s Religions and Value-Systems; Part VIII: New Models for Spiritual Practice; Part IX: Activities of Taoist Women in Imperial times; Part X: Taoism, Literati, and The State; Volume III. Part XI: Taoist Music, Art, and Architecture; Part XII: Contributions to Chinese Medicine; Part XIII: New Methods of Disseminating Taoist Teachings and Practices in Late-Imperial Times; Volume IV. Part XIV:New Traditions and Taoist Identity in Late-Imperial Times; Part XV: Modern Urban Taoism; Part XVI: Monastic Life Today; Part XVII: Prospects for the 21st Century