The I Ching Handbook
by Edward Hacker, Ph.D
“You will find classifications, analyses of I Ching structure, different methods of relationships between the hexagrams, temporal cycles, calculations of the probability of transformation, and methods of divination… permitting all who use or study the I Ching to exploit its potential and comprehend its internal logic.”
—Medecine Chinoise & Medecines Orientals

The I Ching Handbook is the very best compendium of study aids, technical resources, and useful information on the I Ching, or Book of Changes, the best-known and most widely read text from early Chinese culture. Dr. Hacker's text provides information that formerly has been available only to those who read Chinese, or to those having experience with formal logical systems.

The text describes the many views of the I Ching, particularly its use for prediction, its structure and origin, the function of yin and yang lines, emblems, and trigrams. The hexagrams are described in detail, each with an English name derived from the consensus of translators' insights.

Also discussed are the nuclear trigrams, and the stories, “flowers,” and cycles that are formed by the textual sequence. Dr. Hacker has made deeper levels of meaning and insight from the I Ching accessible to the reader.


The Book of Changes (the I Ching) is the Chinese classic that is best-known and most widely read in Western civilization. Although it was written nearly three thousand years ago, its wisdom is still applicable to modern issues. In its multi-metaphorical themes one may find insights and solutions to the personal, social, political and philosophical problems that we encounter today.

 

Publisher's Comments

Dr. Hacker's I Ching Handbook is the best compendium of study aids and state-of-the-art information now available on the ancient Book of Changes.

It contains knowledge that allows the reader to achieve a deeper level of understanding of the IChing and provides the reader with a formal presentation of the subject that is not found elsewhere.

Students and scholars of the I Ching will welcome the numerous references given in the footnotes and appendices. The book is well researched and there are two annotated bibliographies: one of books on the I Ching (including unpublished Ph.D. dissertations), the other of journal articles. There is also a glossary of technical terms and a very useful concordex to the Wilhelm/Baynes translation of the I Ching.

The subjects covered in the I Ching Handbook include the traditional and scholarly theories regarding the origin of the I Ching, the trigrams and their attributes, the translations of the names of the hexagrams, nuclear hexagrams and their classification, the problem of the textual sequence of the hexagrams, various ways of using the I Ching as an oracle, probability and the hexagrams, hexagram stories, hexagram cycles, and hexagram flowers.

The appendices give an annotated list of the I Ching devices:

the I Ching computer, I Ching cards, and so forth. The appendices also contain the source code--in True Basic--for an I Ching line analyzer, and a number of tables. One table gives the yarrow stalk probability of obtaining any hexagram from any other hexagram, another lists pairs of hexagram opposites, hexagram stories, cycles, and flowers.

Dr. Edward Hacker is a retired professor from Northeastern University in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, where he teaches Chinese Philosophy, Logic and Introduction to Philosophy.

He is also a licensed psychologist in the state of Massachusetts.

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Publication Date: 1993
Hardcover; 430 pages; 7 x 10; $49.95
Concordance to the Wilhelm/Baynes I Ching
Annotated Bibliographies; Lists, Charts,Tables; Index
ISBN 0-912111-36-4
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