The Pheasant Cap Master and the End of History
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260pp. January 2013
The Pheasant Cap Master and the End of History
Author: Wells, Marnix;
The Heguanzi, Pheasant Cap Master, has long been neglected and misunderstood. It combines a potent mix of religion, metaphysics, philosophy, politics, and strategy, unrolling a vibrant picture of life and death in perhaps the most climactic period of Chinese history. Against the totalitarian system of Qin, the text proposes an alternative vision of meritocracy and inclusiveness to unite a fractured world. This first full translation and analysis is a must for anyone intrested in Chinese culture.

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"The Phaesant Cap Master and the End of History presents the first full English translation of the Heguanzi. An introductory essay outlines the historical relevance of this ancient Chinese text which connects pre-Qin philosophy with later religious and millenarian movements often associated with Daoism. Both the translation and the Introduction provide important contributions to the study of ancient Chinese history, philosophy, religion, and literature. — Hans-Georg Moeller, University of County Cork

The Pheasant Cap Master has never before been completely translated into any Western language. This detailed study and translation of this notoriously difficult text is therefore more than welcome. Wells's knowledge of the actual historical context—both geographical and chronological—makes this book particularly lively and persuasive, a major contribution to the field. — Carine Defoort, University of Leuven

The first full translation of this difficult yet one of most important treatises in early China brings our understanding of the complexity and significance of Daoism and Chinese thought into a new level. —Robin R.Wang, Loyola Marymount University
Author: Wells, Marnix;
Marnix Wells graduated from Oxford University with a B.A. in Classical Chinese in 1967, then worked in shipping management for 25 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Chinese philosophy at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 2001. In 2005, he published Scholar Boxer on the theory and evolution of Taiji quan.
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