, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 207–224

Constancy and the Changes: A Comparative Reading of Heng Xian


DOI: 10.1007/s11712-013-9316-3

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Klein, E.S. Dao (2013) 12: 207. doi:10.1007/s11712-013-9316-3


This article explores the connection between the Heng Xian and the Changes of Zhou tradition, especially the “Tuan” and “Attached Verbalizations” commentaries. Two important Heng Xian terms—heng 恆 and fu 復—are also Changes of Zhou hexagrams and possible connections are explored. Second, the Heng Xian account of the creation of names is compared with the “Attached Verbalizations” account of the creation of the Changes of Zhou system. Third, the roles played by knowing and desire in both Heng Xian and the Changes of Zhou tradition are explored, with particular focus on potential points of similarity. Finally, insights gained through these comparisons are used to interpret the Heng Xian advice on initiating action.


Heng Xian Shanghai Museum Corpus Changes of Zhou (Zhouyi) “Commentary on Attached Verbalizations” (Xici zhuan

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.China Studies Centre and Chinese Studies DepartmentThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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