An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy

An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy

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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.

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  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 174 x 246 x 24mm | 680.39g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0521608929
  • 9780521608923
  • 182,054

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'The writing is clear and articulate, and the discussion, while focusing on philosophical ideas, is sensitive to textual compexities such as the authorship of different layers of a text. The book should be a very useful textbook in any undergraduate course on Chinese philosophy.' Kwong-Loi Shun, Chinese University of Hong Kong 'A clear, fluent, well-argued and well-organized presentation of core ideas and main positions in Classical Chinese Philosophy, highly readable and quite stimulating for any student interested in Chinese humanities. It is to be specifically recommended for a solid introductory course in Chinese philosophy.' Chung-ying Cheng, Journal of Chinese Philosophy

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About Karyn L. Lai

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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