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    The Twilight of the Masters: Masters Literature in Early Medieval China.Xiaofei Tian - 2006 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 126 (4):465-486.
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    Remaking History: The Shu and Wu Perspectives in the Three Kingdoms Period.Xiaofei Tian - 2021 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 136 (4):705.
    Of the three powers—Wei, Shu, and Wu—that divided China for the better part of the third century, Wei has received the most attention in the standard literary historical accounts. In a typical book of Chinese literary history in any language, little, if anything, is said about Wu and Shu. This article argues that the consideration of the literary production of Shu and Wu is crucial to a fuller picture of the cultural dynamics of the Three Kingdoms period. The three states (...)
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    Restoring “History” to Historical Study.Xiaofei Tian - 2022 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 142 (3):705-713.
    Reviewing a recent book about early medieval Chinese geographical writings, this essay asks what sort of historical contextualization is needed for historical study, and suggests looking at multiple factors, including the material conditions of textual production, that may be responsible for the proliferation of texts. It cautions against embracing a single story to account for a long historical period, especially if that story fits our modern concerns too neatly; even more importantly, we have to allow the primary sources to take (...)
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    The Cultural Politics of Old Things in Mid-Tang China.Xiaofei Tian - 2022 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 140 (2):317.
    A cross-generic examination of the discursive representations of a changing rela- tionship to a specific subcategory of things that are observable in writings from early to medieval China, this essay suggests that these representations denote the appearance of a culture of sentimentality about old, worn-out things at the turn of the ninth century. This culture of sentimentality indicates a deep-seated anxiety about the blurred boundary, on a conceptual and ideological level, between humans and things, and bespeaks the complex dynamics in (...)
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    The philosophy of scientific practice in naturalist thought: Its approaches and problems. [REVIEW]Xiaofei Tian & Tong Wu - 2009 - Frontiers of Philosophy in China 4 (4):589-603.
    It is the continuity between epistemology and empirical science that the naturalism in contemporary philosophy of science emphasizes. After its individual and social dimensions, the philosophy of scientific practice takes a stand on naturalism in order to observe complex scientific activities through practice. However, regarding the naturalism’s problem of normativity, the philosophy of scientific practice today has deconstructed more than it has constructed.
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