An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy: From Ancient Philosophy to Chinese Buddhism / Edition 1

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An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy unlocks the mystery of ancient Chinese philosophy and unravels the complexity of Chinese Buddhism by placing them in the contemporary context of discourse.

  • Elucidates the central issues and debates in Chinese philosophy, its different schools of thought, and its major philosophers.
  • Covers eight major philosophers in the ancient period, among them Confucius, Laozi, and Zhuangzi.
  • Illuminates the links between different schools of philosophy.
  • Opens the door to further study of the relationship between Chinese and Western philosophy.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This kind of work is long overdue... This book will undoubtedly make classical Chinese thought more relevant to contemporary philosophical discourse and more accessible to analytically-minded readers." Shirong Luo, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

“Combining firm control of original sources and contemporary scholarship with sophisticated philosophical analysis, this book is clearly the best introduction to Chinese philosophy. It will be interesting to specialists, and enlightening to lay readers.” Ying-shih Yu, Princeton University

“JeeLoo Liu has written a wonderful introduction to Chinese philosophy. Her book is introductory without being superficial, full of sure-handed scholarship, and at once analytical and sensitive to the cultural setting in which these great philosophies developed.” John Perry, Stanford University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405129503
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/15/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

JeeLoo Liu is Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University at Fullerton. In addition to Chinese philosophy, she specializes in the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. She has published articles in the Journal of Philosophical Research and the Journal of Chinese Philosophy.

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Table of Contents



Comparative Philosophy Timeline.

Introduction: What Is Chinese Philosophy?.

Part I: Ancient Chinese Philosophy.


1. Yijing (I Ching): the Cosmological Foundation of Chinese Philosophy.

2. Confucius (Kongzi) in the Analects.

3. Mencius (Mengzi).

4. Xunzi (Hsün Tzu).

5. Mozi (Mo Tzu).

6. Laozi (Lao Tzu).

7. Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu).

8. Hanfeizi (Han Fei Tzu).

Part II: Chinese Buddhism.


9. The Consciousness-Only (Wei-Shi) School.

10. The Hua-yan (Hua-yen) School.

11. The Tian-tai (T’ien-t’ai) School.

12. The Chan School (Zen Buddhism).


Referencesand Further Reading.

Appendix.: Translation Conversion Table.


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