Chinese Thought

How did the ancient Chinese think about the world? In this enlightening book, Roel Sterckx, one of the foremost experts in Chinese thought, takes us through centuries of Chinese history, from Confucius to Daoism to the Legalists.

Author: Roel Sterckx

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141984841

Category: Social Science

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An engrossing history of ancient Chinese philosophy and culture from an eminent Cambridge expert We are often told that the twenty-first century is bound to become China's century. Never before has Chinese culture been so physically, digitally, economically or aesthetically present in everyday Western life. But how much do we really know about its origins and key beliefs? How did the ancient Chinese think about the world? In this enlightening book, Roel Sterckx, one of the foremost experts in Chinese thought, takes us through centuries of Chinese history, from Confucius to Daoism to the Legalists. The great questions that have occupied China's brightest minds were not about who and what we are, but rather how we should live our lives, how we should organise society and how we can secure the well-being of those who live with us and for whom we carry responsibility. With evocative examples from philosophy, literature and everyday life, Sterckx shows us how the ancient Chinese have shaped the thinking of a civilization that is now influencing our own.
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Images of Women in Chinese Thought and Culture

Including writings that could be considered historical, philosophical, religious, and literary, Wang (philosophy, Loyola Marymount U.) presents an anthology that explores Chinese attitudes towards women and gender from the earliest known ...

Author: Robin Wang

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 0872206513

Category: History

Page: 449

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Including writings that could be considered historical, philosophical, religious, and literary, Wang (philosophy, Loyola Marymount U.) presents an anthology that explores Chinese attitudes towards women and gender from the earliest known writings of 1200 B.C.E. to the period of the Song dynasty (1279 C.E.). Fifty-four writings, some presented in English for the first time, are selected from classics and lesser known works in order to illustrate attitudes towards women and the impact of those attitudes on Chinese cosmologies, views of nature, and cultural practices. Annotation ♭2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).
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Chinese Thought in a Global Context

This book contains the papers of a symposium on the Chinese and Western cultural traditions, with topics ranging from questions of cross-cultural hermeneutics to politics, ethical values and aesthetics.

Author: Karl-Heinz Pohl

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004114262

Category: Social Science

Page: 406

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This book contains the papers of a symposium on the Chinese and Western cultural traditions, with topics ranging from questions of cross-cultural hermeneutics to politics, ethical values and aesthetics.
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Chinese Thought from Confucius to Mao Ts tung

A summary of Chinese thought and philosophy including Confucianism, the ideas of Mo-tsu and Mencius, Taoism, Legalism and their variations and adaptations.

Author: Herrlee Glessner Creel

Publisher: [Chicago] : University of Chicago Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105003945149

Category: Philosophy, Chinese

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A summary of Chinese thought and philosophy including Confucianism, the ideas of Mo-tsu and Mencius, Taoism, Legalism and their variations and adaptations.
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Readings in Han Chinese Thought

The result is a work that should by rights be required reading in intellectual history courses for years to come. --David Schaberg, University of California, Los Angeles

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Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 9781603840286

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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The intellectual contributions of the Han (206 BCE-CE 220) have for too long received short shrift in introductory anthologies of Chinese thought. It was during the Han's unprecedented centuries-long unification of China that a canon of classical texts emerged, syncretic and scholastic trends transformed the legacy of pre-imperial philosophy, and popular religious movements shook official verities. With Mark Csikszentmihalyi's collection, readers at last have an accessible, eclectic introduction to the key themes of thought during this crucial period. Providing clear introductory essays and elegant, readable translations, Csikszentmihalyi exercises a judicious revisionism by breaking down stereotypes of philosophical orthodoxy and offering a subtler vision of cross-fertilization in thought. His juxtaposition of texts that reflect very different social milieux and their problems gives a more vivid picture of the Han than has ever before been available in an English-language collection. The result is a work that should by rights be required reading in intellectual history courses for years to come. --David Schaberg, University of California, Los Angeles
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Harmony in Chinese Thought

The volume explores the various meanings and implications of harmony so as to consider its relevance as a value and virtue in the modern world.

Author: Chenyang Li

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ISBN: 9781538147047

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The volume explores the various meanings and implications of harmony so as to consider its relevance as a value and virtue in the modern world.
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Sudden and Gradual

This volume examines the historical basis of the debate over sudden versus gradual approaches to enlightenment in Chinese Buddhism seeing it as part of a recurrent polarity in Chinese history and thought.

Author: Peter N. Gregory

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 8120808193

Category: History

Page: 474

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This volume examines the historical basis of the debate over sudden versus gradual approaches to enlightenment in Chinese Buddhism seeing it as part of a recurrent polarity in Chinese history and thought. Sudden and Gradual includes essays by Luis O. Gomez on the philosophical implications of the debate in China and Tibet, Whalen Lai on Taodheng`s theory of sudden enlightenment, Neal Donner on Chih-i`s system of T`ien-t`ai, John R. McRae on Shen-Hui`s sudden enlgihtenment` and its precedents in Northern Ch`an, Peter N. Gregory on Tsung-.i`s theory of sudden enlightenment .
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A History of Classical Chinese Thought

This book is the first English-language translation of Li Zehou’s work on classical Chinese thought.

Author: Zehou Li

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000651133

Category: Philosophy

Page: 384

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Li Zehou is widely regarded as one of China’s most influential contemporary thinkers. He has produced influential theories of the development of Chinese thought and the place of aesthetics in Chinese ethics and value theory. This book is the first English-language translation of Li Zehou’s work on classical Chinese thought. It includes chapters on the classical Chinese thinkers, including Confucius, Mozi, Laozi, Sunzi, Xunzi and Zhuangzi, and also on later eras and thinkers such as Dong Zhongshu in the Han Dynasty and the Song-Ming Neo-Confucians. The essays in this book not only discuss these historical figures and their ideas, but also consider their historical significance, and how key themes from these early schools reappeared in and shaped later periods and thinkers. Taken together, they highlight the breadth of Li Zehou’s scholarship and his syncretic approach—his explanations of prominent thinkers and key periods in Chinese intellectual history blend ideas from both the Chinese and Western canons, while also drawing on contemporary thinkers in both traditions. The book also includes an introduction written by the translator that helpfully explains the significance of Li Zehou’s work and its prospects for fostering cross-cultural dialogue with Western philosophy. A History of Chinese Classical Thought will be of interest to advanced students and scholars interested in Chinese philosophy, comparative philosophy, and Chinese intellectual and social history.
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Metaphilosophy Chinese Thought

A synoptic review of Hall's philosophical contributions.

Author: Ewing Chinn

Publisher: ACPA Series of Chinese and Com

ISBN: UOM:39015076119307

Category: History

Page: 217

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A synoptic review of Hall's philosophical contributions.
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Chinese Thought

148 . 2. K.C. Hsiao has made a penetrating analysis into the distinction between
law and administrative techniques . See K.C. Hsiao , Chung kuo cheng chih ssu
hsiang shih ( History of Chinese Political Thought ) , Taipei : Chung hua wen hua
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Author: Donald H. Bishop

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 8120811399

Category: Philosophy

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As China comes on the world stage again, people are increasingly becoming interested in the philosophies and philosophers of that ancient land. The Chinese philosophical tradition is a long and venerable one. It consists of several streams-Confucianism, Taoism, Mohism, Buddhism, Neo-Confucianism and post Neo-Confucianism. Their flow has been sustained by numerous personages-Confucius, Lao Tzu, Mo Tzu, Mencius, Hsun Tzu, Han Fei, Chou Tun-i, Chu Hsi, Wang Yang-ming and K'ang Yu-wei, to name but a few. This book deals with the basic views of those philosophers and their influence on Chinese history and culture. In no other country, perhaps, has philosophy had such a determinate influence. This may be a lesson in itself for the contemporary world in which people and nations in many instances wander aimlessly and hesitatingly, having cut themselves off from their traditional ground of being. As teachnology continues to facilitate interaction between the people of the world, it becomes even more urgent and important that we understand, appreciate and accept each others' traditions and views of man and the world.
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Rhetoric of the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Rhetoric of the Chinese Cultural Revolution identifies the rhetorical features and explores the persuasive effects of political language and symbolic practices during the period.

Author: Xing Lu

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570035431

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 250

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Now known to the Chinese as the ten years of chaos, the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) brought death to thousands of Chinese and persecution to millions. Rhetoric of the Chinese Cultural Revolution identifies the rhetorical features and explores the persuasive effects of political language and symbolic practices during the period. Xing Lu examines how leaders of the Communist Party constructed and enacted a rhetoric in political contexts to legitimize power and violence and to dehumanize a group of people identified as class enemies. Lu provides close readings of the movement's primary texts - political slogans, official propaganda, wall posters, and the lyrics of mass songs and model operas. She also scrutinizes such ritualistic practices as the loyalty dance, denunciation rallies, political study sessions, and criticism and self-criticism meetings. that of her family, as well as with interviews conducted in China and the United States with persons who experienced the Cultural Revolution during their teenage years. Through rhetorical analyses Lu addresses the questions of why such a cultural holocaust happened in China, how speech became so cultic and politicized, and how the rhetoric of fanaticism induced terror and mass hysteria. Lu contends that the rhetoric of the Cultural Revolution has impacted Chinese thought, culture, and communication in ominous ways. In the name of defending Mao's revolutionary cause, the Cultural Revolution polarized Chinese thought through its deployment of moralistic terms, filled human relationships with hatred and mistrust, and replaced rich a artistic expression with formulaic political jargon and tedious ideological cliches. To illustrate the severity of the revolution's after-effects, Lu examines public discourse in contemporary China and compares the rhetoric of the Cultural Revolution with that of Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany.
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Filial Piety in Chinese Thought and History

This is a multi-disciplinary effort that combines historical studies with philosophical analysis from an international team of respected contributors."--Jacket.

Author: Alan Chan

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415333652

Category: History

Page: 245

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"A broad range of topics are discussed including not only Confucianism, with which filial piety is particularly associated, but also Buddhism and Daoism, making it essential reading for those studying Chinese culture, religion and philosophy. This is a multi-disciplinary effort that combines historical studies with philosophical analysis from an international team of respected contributors."--Jacket.
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Chinese Thought Society and Science

In this study, Derk Bodde examines the cultural requisites for science and technology in early China and other pre-modern civilizations.

Author: Derk Bodde

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ISBN: UCSD:31822006666754

Category: Science

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The Chinese have given the world paper, printing, porcelain, gunpowder, the mariner's compass and other inventions important to the history and development of science. Yet it was Europe, not China, that experienced the scientific and technological revolution that transformed the world from the 17th century onward. In this study, Derk Bodde examines the cultural requisites for science and technology in early China and other pre-modern civilizations.
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Y an Thought

Ten conference papers which focus on the literature's attempt to regain control and rejuvenate the indigenous traditions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism.

Author: Hok-lam Chan

Publisher:

ISBN: 023105324X

Category: Philosophy

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Ten conference papers which focus on the literature's attempt to regain control and rejuvenate the indigenous traditions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism.
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Religious Diversity in Chinese Thought

In negotiating this Buddhist conflictwith court etiquette, Huiyuan was the Chinese
Buddhist spokesman. Notonly was he deeply revered forhis erudition in Chinese
classics andhis mastery of nativeChinese thought,he camefrom the aristocracy ...

Author: P. Schmidt-Leukel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137318503

Category: History

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This collection of essays by major scholars analyze the religious diversity in Chinese religion, bringing together topics from traditional and contemporary contexts and Chinese religions' encounters with Western religion.
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Ways of Heaven

A brilliant history of ancient China's masters of philosophy -- and how they help us understand China todayIn Ways of Heaven, leading China scholar Roel Sterckx offers an engrossing introduction to classical China's world of ideas.

Author: Roel Sterckx

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781541618459

Category: Philosophy

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A brilliant history of ancient China's masters of philosophy -- and how they help us understand China today In Ways of Heaven, leading China scholar Roel Sterckx offers an engrossing introduction to classical China's world of ideas. Drawing on evocative examples from philosophical texts, literature, and everyday life over centuries of Chinese history, Sterckx introduces major thinkers and traditions, illuminates key concepts like the dao, qi, yin, and yang, and examines questions of leadership, social order, death, nature, and more. He also reveals how these ideas shape contemporary China, from table manners at a traditional banquet, to the Chinese obsession with education and family, to the rhetoric of political leaders and the nation's grand strategy. Essential reading for students, travelers, businesspeople, and anyone curious about this rising global power, Ways of Heaven shows that to comprehend China today we must learn to think Chinese.
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Ancient Chinese Thought Modern Chinese Power

... social sciences, and law. The goal is to improve understanding of China on its
own terms and create new opportunities for cultural cross-pollination. ANCIENT
CHINESE THOUGHT, MODERN CHINESE POWER Yan Xuetong Edited by.

Author: Yan Xuetong

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691160214

Category: Political Science

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The rise of China could be the most important political development of the twenty-first century. What will China look like in the future? What should it look like? And what will China's rise mean for the rest of world? This book, written by China's most influential foreign policy thinker, sets out a vision for the coming decades from China's point of view. In the West, Yan Xuetong is often regarded as a hawkish policy advisor and enemy of liberal internationalists. But a very different picture emerges from this book, as Yan examines the lessons of ancient Chinese political thought for the future of China and the development of a "Beijing consensus" in international relations. Yan, it becomes clear, is neither a communist who believes that economic might is the key to national power, nor a neoconservative who believes that China should rely on military might to get its way. Rather, Yan argues, political leadership is the key to national power, and morality is an essential part of political leadership. Economic and military might are important components of national power, but they are secondary to political leaders who act in accordance with moral norms, and the same holds true in determining the hierarchy of the global order. Providing new insights into the thinking of one of China's leading foreign policy figures, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in China's rise or in international relations. In a new preface, Yan reflects on his arguments in light of recent developments in Chinese foreign policy, including the selection of a new leader in 2012.
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Name and Actuality in Early Chinese Thought

Unlike realist thought in the West, however, in classical Chinese correlative
thought there is no hint of a belief in universals. Different ontological premises
may be seen to account for this. Thus, whereas in classical Western thought the ...

Author: John Makeham

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438411743

Category: Philosophy

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This is the first Western study of the philosophy of Xu Gan (170-217), a Confucian thinker who lived at a nodal point in the history of Chinese thought, when Han scholasticism had become ossified and the creative and independent quality that characterized Wei-Jin thought was just emerging. As the theme of his study, Makeham develops an original and richly detailed account of ming shi, ‘name and actuality,’ one of the key pairs of concepts in early Chinese thought. He shows how Xu Gan’s understanding of the ‘name and actuality’ relationship was most immediately influenced by Xu Gan’s understanding of why the Han dynasty had collapsed, yet had its roots in a tradition of discourse that spanned the classical period (circa 500-150 B.C.E.). In reconstructing the philosophical background of Xu Gan’s understanding of the relationship between ‘name and actuality,’ Makeham identifies two antithetical theories of naming in early Chinese thought—nominalist and correlative—a distinction that is as great as the Realist-Nominalist distinction of Western thought. He shows how Xu Gan’s views on the name and actuality relationship were animated, on the one hand, by a rejection of nominalist theories of naming, and on the other hand, by a novel appropriation of correlative theories of naming. The study also analyzes two of the more immediate social and intellectual issues in the late Eastern Han (25-220) period that had prompted Xu Gan to discuss the name and actuality relationship: the ethos of the scholar-gentry (ming jiao) and Han approaches to classical scholarship. Makeham demonstrates how Xu Gan’s critique of these matters is valuable not only as a late Han philosophical account of what had led to the demise of the 400-year-old Han dynasty, but also as a mode of conceptualizing that contributed to the new direction that philosophical thinking took in the third century C.E..
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Chinese Thought

Author: Paul Carus

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ISBN: HARVARD:32044060360765

Category: Philosophy, Chinese

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