The Art Of Chinese Philosophy (eBook)
Eight Classical Texts And How To Read Them
de Paul Goldin
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A smart and accessible introduction to the most important works of ancient Chinese philosophytheAnalectsof Confucius,Mozi, Mencius,Laozi,Zhuangzi,Sunzi,Xunzi, andHan Feizi
This book provides an unmatched introduction to eight of the most important works of classical Chinese philosophytheAnalectsof Confucius,Mozi, Mencius,Laozi,Zhuangzi,Sunzi,Xunzi, andHan Feizi. Combining accessibility with the latest scholarship, Paul Goldin, one of the world's leading authorities on the history of Chinese philosophy, places these works in rich context as he explains the origin and meaning of their compelling ideas.
Because none of these classics was written in its current form by the author to whom it is attributed, the book begins by asking, "What are we reading?" and showing that understanding the textual history of the works enriches our appreciation of them. A chapter is devoted to each of the eight works, and the chapters are organized into three sections: "Philosophy of Heaven," which looks at how theAnalects,Mozi, and Mencius discuss, often skeptically, Heaven (tian) as a source of philosophical values; "Philosophy of the Way," which addresses howLaozi,Zhuangzi, andSunziintroduce the new concept of the Way (dao) to transcend the older paradigms; and "Two Titans at the End of an Age," which examines howXunziandHan Feiziadapt the best ideas of the earlier thinkers for a coming imperial age.
In addition, the book presents clear and insightful explanations of the protean and frequently misunderstood concept ofqiand of a crucial characteristic of Chinese philosophy, nondeductive reasoning. The result is an invaluable account of an endlessly fascinating and influential philosophical tradition.