Saturday University with Sarah Allan
The Way of Water in Early Chinese Thought
Water served as the root metaphor for some of the most important ideas in early Chinese thought, including Dao ("way") and Qi ("vital energy"). Water is described as the source of the sky and the earth in a 4th-century BCE bamboo-slip manuscript. In this talk, Professor Allan will discuss the relationship between the natural world and the formation of cosmological and philosophical ideas in ancient China.
About the Presenter:
Sarah Allan is Chair of Chinese Studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Shape of the Turtle: Myth, Art and Cosmos in Early China, The Way of Water and Sprouts of Virtue, and more.
Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.