The Ways of Confucianism: Investigations in Chinese Philosophy

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Confucianism is one of the most influential philosophical traditions in the world, with profound and challenging insights on human nature, virtue, ethical cultivation, and the foundations of morality and civilization. In this collection of essays, most never before published, Nivison presents nuanced and subtle interpretations of key thinkers from over two thousand years in the Confucian movement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812693409
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 "Virtue" in Bone and Bronze 17
3 The Paradox of 'Virtue' 31
4 Can Virtue Be Self-Taught? 45
5 Golden Rule Arguments in Chinese Moral Philosophy 59
6 Weakness of Will in Ancient Chinese Philosophy 79
7 Motivation and Moral Action in Mencius 91
8 Philosophical Voluntarism in Fourth-Century China 121
9 Two Roots or One? 133
10 Problems in the Mengzi: 6A3-5 149
11 Problems in the Mengzi: 7A17 167
12 On Translating Mencius 175
13 Xunzi on "Human Nature" 203
14 The Philosophy of Wang Yangming 217
15 Moral Decision in Wang Yangming: The Problem of Chinese "Existentialism" 233
16 The Philosophy of Zhang Xuecheng 249
17 Two Kinds of "Naturalism": Dai Zhen and Zhang Xuecheng 261
Notes 283
Annotated References 315
Index of Names and Subjects 331
Index Locorum 338
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