Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction

Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction

by Stephen C. Angle, Justin Tiwald

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Overview

Neo-Confucianism is a philosophically sophisticated tradition weaving classical Confucianism together with themes from Buddhism and Daoism. It began in China around the eleventh century CE, played a leading role in East Asian cultures over the last millennium, and has had a profound influence on modern Chinese society.

Based on the latest scholarship but presented in accessible language, Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction is organized around themes that are central in Neo-Confucian philosophy, including the structure of the cosmos, human nature, ways of knowing, personal cultivation, and approaches to governance. The authors thus accomplish two things at once: they present the Neo-Confucians in their own, distinctive terms; and they enable contemporary readers to grasp what is at stake in the great Neo-Confucian debates.

This novel structure gives both students and scholars in philosophy, religion, history, and cultural studies a new window into one of the world's most important philosophical traditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745662497
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/03/2017
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Stephen C. Angle is Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University.
Justin Tiwald is Associate Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface Note on Abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. Pattern and Vital Stuff
3. Nature
4. Heartmind
5. Emotions
6. Knowing
7. Self-Cultivation
8. Virtues
9. Governance and Institutions
10. The Enduring Significance of Neo-Confucianism
Teaching Neo-Confucianism Topically
Table of Neo-Confucians
Bibliography
Glossary and Index

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