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An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy

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Part of Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy

  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521846462

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  • 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.

    • Student-friendly features include a glossary and list of recommended reading at the end of each chapter
    • Lai draws on both primary and secondary sources and presents key concepts at an introductory level
    • Uses a style of critical analysis that readers acquainted with western philosophy will be familiar with
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    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521846462
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 158 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of dates
    1. Chinese philosophy
    2. Confucius and the Confucian concepts Ren and Li
    3. The cultivation of humanity in Confucian philosophy: Mencius and Xunzi
    4. Early Mohist philosophy
    5. Early Daoist philosophy: the Dao Di Jing as a metaphysical treatise
    6. Early Daoist philosophy: Dao, language and society
    7. The School of Names and later Mohists
    8. Zhuangzi's philosophy
    9. Legalist philosophy
    10. The Yijing and its place in Chinese philosophy
    11. Chinese Buddhism
    Postscript
    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Karyn L. Lai, University of New South Wales, Sydney
    Karyn L. Lai is Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophy, University of New South Wales. She is author of Learning from Chinese Philosophies: Ethics of Interdependent and Contextualised Self (2006).

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