Genealogy of the Way: The Construction and Uses of the Confucian Tradition in Late Imperial China

Beginning in the late Southern Sung one sect of Confucianism gradually came to dominate literati culture and, by the Ming dynasty, was canonized as state orthodoxy. This book is a historical and textual critique of the construction of an ideologically exclusionary conception of the Confucian tradition, and how claims to possession of the truth-the Tao-came to serve power.