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Introduction to Chinese Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0521608929
ISBN-13: 9780521608923
Edition: 2008
Authors: Karyn L. Lai
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Description: This comprehensive introductory textbook to early Chinese philosophy covers a range of philosophical traditions which arose during the Spring and Autumn (722-476 BCE) and Warring States (475-221 BCE) periods in China, including Confucianism, Mohism,  More...

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List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/31/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 322
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

This comprehensive introductory textbook to early Chinese philosophy covers a range of philosophical traditions which arose during the Spring and Autumn (722-476 BCE) and Warring States (475-221 BCE) periods in China, including Confucianism, Mohism, Daoism, and Legalism. It considers concepts, themes and argumentative methods of early Chinese philosophy and follows the development of some ideas in subsequent periods, including the introduction of Buddhism into China. The book examines key issues and debates in early Chinese philosophy, cross-influences between its traditions and interpretations by scholars up to the present day. The discussion draws upon both primary texts and secondary sources, and there are suggestions for further reading. This will be an invaluable guide for all who are interested in the foundations of Chinese philosophy and its richness and continuing relevance.

Preface
List of Dates
Chinese Philosophy
Origins of Chinese Philosophy
Features of Chinese Philosophy
Self Cultivation
Understanding the Self: Relationships and Contexts
Conceptions of Harmony
Conceptions of Change
The Philosophy of the Yijing (The Book of Changes)
Thinking Philosophically
Confucius and the Confucian Concepts Ren and Li
Reading the Analects
Ren: Humaneness
Ren as Love
Ren, the Confucian Golden Rule
Ren and the Cultivation of Special Relationships
Ren as Ethical Wisdom
Li: Behavioural Propriety
Ren and Li
Ren is Fundamental
Li is Fundamental
Ren and Li are Interdependent Concepts
Ren and Li in Contemporary Philosophical Debates
The Cultivation of Humanity in Confucian Philosophy: Mencius and Xunzi
Mencius: The Cultivation of Human Nature
Xunzi: The Regulation of Human Behaviour
Li (Appropriate Behaviour) and Fa (Standards and Penal Law)
Zhengming: Regulating Society with Prescribed Titles
The Way of Heaven and the Way of Humanity
Personal Cultivation and Social Development
Character Development and the Cultivation of Skills
Early Mohist Philosophy
Texts and Themes
The Essays
Maximising the Collective Good
Working with Standards
Early Daoist Philosophy: The Dao De Jing as a Metaphysical Treatise
The Origins of Daoist Philosophy and the Early Daoist Texts
Dao as Reality: the Search for a New Reality
Opposites: Contrast and Complementation
De and the Integrity of the Individual
Early Daoist Philosophy: Dao, Language and Society
Dao, Language and Indoctrination
Wuwei
Wuwei and Government
Wuwei and Learning
The Ethics of Ziran and Wuwei
The Mingjia and the Later Mohists
The Mingjia Debates
Hui Shi
Gongsun Long
The Later Mohists
Argumentation and Disputation: Bian
Language, Names and Propositions
Scientific Discussions
Practising Jianai: Utilitarian Morality
Philosophy of Language in Early China
Zhuangzi's Philosophy
Epistemological Questions in the Qiwu Lun
Interpretations of Zhuangzi's Scepticism
Cultivating Knack
The Implications of the Philosophy of the Zhuangzi
Legalist Philosophy
Three Basic Themes: Penal Law, Technique and Power
Fa: Standards and Penal Law
Shu: The Technique of Managing the Bureaucracy
Shi: Power
Han Fei, the Great Synthesiser
Debates in Legalist Philosophy
Human Nature
Citizenry: the Role of the Common People
Best Man and Best Laws
Bureaucracy
Secrecy, Power and the Control of Knowledge
Government and Human Development
The Yijing and its Place in Chinese Philosophy
The Text and Commentaries
Comprehensive Synthesis and Correlative Thinking during the Han
Correlative Thinking: the Spirit of the Yijing
The Primacy of Observation
A Holistic, All-encompassing Perspective
A Dialectical and Complementary Approach to Dualisms
Correlative Thinking and Resonance
An Interpretive Approach to the Meanings of the Hexagrams and Correspondences
Constant Movement Marked by the Inevitability of Change
The Action-guiding Nature of the Judgements
The Impact of the Yijing
Chinese Buddhism
Basic Tenets of Buddhist Thought
The Introduction of Buddhism into China
Chinese Buddhist Doctrines during the fifth and sixth centuries CE
Three Treatise (San Lun) Buddhism
Consciousness-Only (Wei Shi) Buddhism
Tian Tai Buddhism
Flower Garland (Hua Yan) Buddhism
Chan Buddhism
Chinese Buddhism
Postscript
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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