New PDF release: An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy

By Karyn L. Lai

ISBN-10: 0521846463

ISBN-13: 9780521846462

This finished introductory textbook to early chinese language philosophy covers a variety of philosophical traditions which arose through the Spring and Autumn (722-476 BCE) and Warring States (475-221 BCE) sessions in China, together with Confucianism, Mohism, Daoism, and Legalism. It considers techniques, subject matters and argumentative tools of early chinese language philosophy and follows the advance of a few principles in next sessions, together with the creation of Buddhism into China. The publication examines key matters and debates in early chinese language philosophy, cross-influences among its traditions and interpretations through students as much as the current day. The dialogue attracts upon either fundamental texts and secondary assets, and there are feedback for additional examining. this can be a useful advisor for all who're drawn to the principles of chinese language philosophy and its richness and carrying on with relevance.

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Chinese philosophy is also noted for its focus on self cultivation, articulated by a wide range of thinkers who focused on moral cultivation, physical health, superhuman techniques, spiritual satisfaction and psychological well-being. These seven elements of the philosophy of the Yijing outlined here will emerge again in our more detailed discussions in the book. We now turn our attention to a number of features of philosophical thinking in the Chinese tradition. Thinking Philosophically Debate and argumentation are prominent features of Chinese philosophy.

J. J. Clarke, who investigates the reception and interpretation of Daoist ideas through periods in western intellectual history, argues that this context of plurality, and its implications, should not go unnoticed: Such debates must . . be seen in the wider environment of an attitude of toleration and pluralism that has long been endemic at certain levels of Chinese cultural life, a cultural attitude which has not until relatively recently become acceptable in the West. (Clarke 2000: 27) 15 16 An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy Clarke is referring to debates between rival Daoist and Buddhist thinkers from the fourth century CE.

Ames and Rosemont Jr 1998a: 71) The view that li is primal would give force to the portrayal of Confucianism as conservative traditionalism. Ren and Li are Interdependent Concepts The most persuasive view of li and ren is that ren and li are inextricably interdependent concepts. This means that either of the two concepts is meaningless on its own. According to this view, ren is manifest only in li-practices. 10 Shun explains their interdependence by analogy with the use of language. For example, to understand the concept of tense is to be able to use its various forms effectively.

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