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The Yijing: A Guide


Joseph A. Adler

03 June 2022

ISBN: 9780190072469

232 pages

In Stock

Price: £16.99


This book provides an introduction for the general reader to this classic sacred text. Joseph A. Adler explains the Yijing's multi-layered structure, its origins, its history of interpretation from the early first millennium BCE up to the present day, its function of divination, its significance in the history of Chinese thought, and its modern transformations. He explores why the Yijing has been considered the most profound expression of traditional Chinese thought and what meaning it can have for contemporary readers.

  • "Demystifies" a text that has intrigued and attracted users and readers for two millennia
  • Provides an introduction to the Yijing for general readers, practitioners of divination, students, and scholars
  • Succinctly outlines the history of the Yijing's use and interpretation, while discussing its perennial popularity

About the Author(s)

Joseph A. Adler, Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies and Religious Studies, Kenyon College

Joseph A. Adler received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1984, with a dissertation on Zhu Xi's understanding of the Yijing. Most of his work has focused on the religious dimensions of Neo-Confucianism in China. Since his retirement from teaching at Kenyon College in 2014 he has continued to reside in Gambier, Ohio.

Table of Contents

    1. What is the Yijing?
    2. Layers of Change
    3. Yijing Divination
    4. The Early History of Yijing Interpretation
    5. Early Modern Views of the Yi
    6. The Yijing in Modern China and the West
    7. Why the Yijing?


"An invaluable book for college classes related to Chinese studies, as well as comparative religion, anthropology, philosophy, and literature. Students of allied arts such as Chinese medicine and martial arts will appreciate Adler's treating theory and practice as being equally important; the Yijing is not just an academic pursuit." - Contemplating the I Ching

"This is the best summary in any Western language of the origins, structure, evolution, cultural significance, and transnational travels of the Yijing (Scripture of Change), one of the most important texts in all of Chinese history." - Richard J. Smith, Rice University