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Key concepts in chinese philosophy / Zhang Dainian; translated and ed. Edmund Ryden

Main Author Zhang Dainian Secondary Author Ryden, Edmund Country China. Publication Beijing : Foreign Languages Press, imp. 2005 Description XLVI, 532 ; 24 cm Series The culture and civilization of China ISBN 7-119-03191-0 CDU 19(510)
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A good introduction to Chinese philosophy and an invaluable reference tool for sinologists. Comments by important Chinese thinkers are arranged around sixty-four key concepts illustrating meanings and uses through twenty-five centuries of Chinese philosophy. A unique guide edited by one of Chinas most famous living philosophers.

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This important work organizes 64 philosophical categories and concepts from classical Chinese philosophy. Rather than employing the usual format that compares key terms used by separate schools (e.g., as in W.T. Chan's A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy, 1963), Zhang Dainian (emer., Beijing Univ.) follows their complex emergence and development in the actual discourse within and between schools of Chinese scholars. This book is not intended to be exhaustive. In following the evolution of philosophical discourse, Zhang, one of China's most revered living scholars, accompanies his research with suggestions of which categories should be retained and developed further. This book's value as a research tool is founded in its specific citations of scholarly writings epitomizing the stages of development of each concept. Ryden, who wrote the brief introductions, has added significantly to the lucidity and organization of the presentation. Zhang's exegetical approach is necessarily influenced by his allegiance to the school of qi, related to the tradition found in Guanzi, which attempts to get at the concrete facts by analysis based on evidence. Limiting itself to classical Chinese philosophical concepts, this book excludes Buddhist and religious Daoist categories. It includes a chronology but no index. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty. J. M. Boyle Dowling College

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