Oxford University Press has recently published A Tripartite Self: Mind, Body, and Spirit in Early China by Lisa Raphals. In this book, the author argues that there was an important divergence in early China between the two views of the self. In one, mind and spirit are closely aligned, and are understood to rule the body as a ruler rules a state. But in the other, the person is tripartite, and mind and spirit are independent entities that cannot be reduced to a material-non-material binary.The book addresses both philosophical and technical literature (including evidence from Chinese excavated texts) to broaden a type of inquiry that frequently is applied only to philosophical texts. Please click here for more information.