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On Ethics and History: Essays and Letters of Zhang Xuecheng
     

On Ethics and History: Essays and Letters of Zhang Xuecheng

by Philip Ivanhoe
 

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Zhang Xuecheng (1738–1801) has primarily been read as a philosopher of history. This volume presents him as an ethical philosopher with a distinctive understanding of the aims and methods of Confucian self-cultivation. Offered in English translation for the first time, this collection of Zhang's essays and letters should challenge our current understanding of

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Zhang Xuecheng (1738–1801) has primarily been read as a philosopher of history. This volume presents him as an ethical philosopher with a distinctive understanding of the aims and methods of Confucian self-cultivation. Offered in English translation for the first time, this collection of Zhang's essays and letters should challenge our current understanding of this Qing dynasty philosopher. On Ethics and History also contains translations of three important essays written by Tang-dynasty Confucian Han Yu and shows how Zhang responded to Han's earlier works. Those with an interest in ethical philosophy, religion, and Chinese thought and culture will find still relevant much of what Zhang argued for in his own day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804772884
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
11/17/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Philip J. Ivanhoe is Reader-Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Public and Social Administration of City University of Hong Kong. A specialist in the history of East Asian philosophy and religion and its potential for contemporary ethics, he has written, edited, or co-edited more than a dozen books and published more than thirty articles and numerous dictionary and encyclopedia entries on Chinese and Western religious and ethical thought.

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