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Encyclopedia of Chinese philosophy
Cua, A. S. (Antonio S.), 1932-2007.
Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, 2003.
Physical Description:
xx, 1020 pages : map ; 29 cm
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B126 .E496 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Featuring contributions from the world's most highly esteemed Asian philosophy scholars, this important new encyclopedia covers the complex and increasingly influential field of Chinese thought, from earliest recorded times to the present day.
Including coverage on the subject previously unavailable to English speakers, the Encyclopedia sheds light on the extensive range of concepts, movements, philosophical works, and thinkers that populate the field. It includes a thorough survey of the history of Chinese philosophy; entries on all major thinkers from Confucius to Mou Zongsan; essential topics such as aesthetics, moral philosophy, philosophy of government, and philosophy of literature; surveys of Confucianism in all historical periods (Zhou, Han, Tang, and onward) and in key regions outside China; schools of thought such as Mohism, Legalism, and Chinese Buddhism; trends in contemporary Chinese philosophy, and more.

Author Notes

Antonio S. Cua, currently on the faculty at The Catholic University of America, is a past president of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and past president and chairman of the Executive Board of the International Society of Chinese Philosophy. Professor Cua's works include Ethical Argumentation: A Study in Hsün Tzu's Moral Epistemology, Unity of Knowledge and Action: A Study in Wang Yang-Ming's Moral Psychology, and many other books and journal articles.

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Choice Review

The first in the English language, this work provides an excellent introduction to Chinese philosophy. In more than 150 entries written by 76 international scholars, this alphabetically arranged subject encyclopedia explores the history and recent trends of Chinese philosophy. The encyclopedia's scope encompasses "the major periods of Chinese Philosophy and systematic discussions of major thinkers from Confucius to Mou Zongsan." Entries examine key current and historical concepts among the various schools of Chinese thought, their critics and followers, and the relation of philosophy to other aspects of Chinese culture. Entries include biographies and articles on various persons and topics, among them Buddhism in China; Confucian tradition; Dao (Tao): the way; Hsin (heart, mind); language and logic; legalism; Mao Tse-Tung; mythology and early Chinese thought; philosophy in China: historiography; Sheng (life, creativity); Wang Fu-Chih; Yu-Wu (being, non-being). Confucianism in all historical periods (Zhou, Han, Tang, and onward) receives extensive coverage. The detailed glossary acts as an effective supplemental guide. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Undergraduates, Asian studies or philosophy students, researchers, and academic and public libraries. L. Lampert California State University--Northridge

Table of Contents

Entries include: Aesthetics
Buddhism in China
Chen-Jen (true person)Ch'eng I and Ch8n-Tzu
(ethically superior person)
Confucian Tradition
Confucianism in Japan
Ethical Argumentation
Intercultural Hermeneutics
Jen (benevolence)
Later Mohism
LegalismMao Tse-Tung and Mou Tsung-San
Mythology and Early Chinese Thought
Philosophy of Literature
Pi (obscuration, blindness)
Problem of Translation
School of Names Tao (way)Wang Fu-Chih and Yang Chu and Yu-Wu (being, non-being) and many more