Chinese Philosophy: The Essential Writings

Editor/Author Littlejohn, Ronnie L.
Publication Year: 2017
Publisher: I.B. Tauris

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ISBN: 978-1-78-453293-2
Category: Philosophy
Image Count: 2
Book Status: Available
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The author here surveys the key texts and philosophical systems of Chinese thinkers in a completely original and illuminating way. Ranging from the Han dynasty to the present, he discusses the six classical schools of Chinese philosophy (Yin-Yang, Ru, Mo, Ming, Fa and Dao-De); the arrival of Buddhism in China and its distinctive development; the central figures and movements from the end of the Tang dynasty to the introduction into China of Western thought; and the impact of Chinese philosophers ranging from Confucius and Laozi to Tu Weiming on their equivalents in the West.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Ontology: Questions about the Nature of Reality
  • Introduction
  • The Formation of the Early Chinese Worldview
  • Lao-Zhuang (c.350–139 BCE) Daoist Ontology
  • Buddhist Ontologies
  • Zhu Xi's Neo-Confucian Views on Reality
  • Wang Yangming (1472–1529)
  • Shifting Paradigms in Chinese Ontologies
  • Epistemology: Questions about the Nature and Scope of Knowledge
  • Introduction
  • The Mozi and the Later Mohist Debaters (bianshi)
  • The Lao-Zhuang Tradition on Knowing the Truth (c.350–139 BCE)
  • Mencius and Analogical Argumentation
  • Wang Chong (c.27–100 CE): Critical Chinese Philosophy in the Classical Period
  • Tiantai Buddhism's Threefold Truth Epistemology
  • Wang Yangming (1472–1529): Pure Knowledge
  • Zhang Dongsun (1886–1973): Pluralistic Cultural Epistemology
  • Value Theory: Questions about the Nature and Application of Morality
  • Introduction
  • Confucius and the Analects on Self-cultivation and the Exemplary Person (c.500–300 BCE)
  • Mohist Moral Philosophy (c.470–391 BCE)
  • Lao-Zhuang Views of Morality (c.350–139 BCE)
  • Mencius (c.372–289 BCE): Morality as Cultivated Human Nature
  • Xunzi (310–220 BCE): On the Carving and Polishing of the Human Being
  • Buddhist Moralities in the Chinese Context
  • Zhu Xi (1130–1200): Fashioning the Human Being
  • Wang Yangming (1472–1529): Moral Willing as Moral Knowing
  • Dai Zhen (1724–77): The Proper Place of Desire in Morality
  • Mou Zongsan (1909–95): Moral Metaphysics
  • Political Philosophy: Questions about the Nature and Purpose of Government
  • Introduction
  • Confucius (551–479 BCE) on Rulership and the Function of Government
  • Mencius's (c.372–289 BCE) Political Philosophy
  • Lao Zhuang and Yellow Emperor Daoists on Rulership and Government
  • Legalism and the Hanfeizi (c.280–233 BCE)
  • Political Views of the Masters of Huainan (Huainanzi) (139 BCE)
  • Yan Fu (1854–1921): China Not Ready for Democracy
  • Liang Qichao (1873–1929): Emergent Chinese Nationalism
  • Mao Zedong (1893–1976): The Sinification of Marxism in China
  • Forms of Current Confucian Political Theory
  • Other Current Confucian Models for Political Theory
  • Guide to Philosophers and Significant Works
  • The Chronicles of Zuo (Zuozhuan)
  • Confucius and the Analects
  • Dai Zhen (1723–77)
  • “Great Commentary” of the Classic of Changes
  • The “Great Plan” (Hong Fan) in the Classic of History (Shujing)
  • Han Fei (c. 280–33 BCE)
  • Hu Shi (1891–1962)
  • Lao-Zhuang Tradition (c.350–139 BCE)
  • Legalist School (fa jia)
  • Liang Qichao (1873–1929)
  • Lotus Sutra (i.e., The Sutra of the Lotus Blossom of the Subtle Dharma, Miaofa Lianhua Jing)
  • Mao Zedong (1893–1976)
  • Masters of Huainan (Huainanzi)
  • Mencius (372–289 BCE)
  • Mozi (a.k.a. Mo Di, c.470–391 BCE)
  • Mou Zongsan (1909–95)
  • Tu Weiming (1940–)
  • Wang Chong (c.25–100 CE)
  • Wang Yangming (1472–1529)
  • Xuanzang (c.596–664)
  • Xunzi (c.310–220 BCE)
  • Yan Fu (1854–1921)
  • Zhang Dongsun (1886–1973)
  • Zhu Xi (1130–1200)
  • Quick Guide to Pronunciation
  • Comparative Chronology of Philosophers
  • References