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This new edition offers expanded selections from the works of Kongzi (Confucius), Mengzi (Mencius), Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu), and Xunzi (Hsun Tzu); two new works, the dialogues Robber Zhi and White Horse; a concise general introduction; brief introductions to, and selective bibliographies for, each work; and four appendices that shed light on important figures, periods, texts This new edition offers expanded selections from the works of Kongzi (Confucius), Mengzi (Mencius), Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu), and Xunzi (Hsun Tzu); two new works, the dialogues Robber Zhi and White Horse; a concise general introduction; brief introductions to, and selective bibliographies for, each work; and four appendices that shed light on important figures, periods, texts, and terms in Chinese thought.


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This new edition offers expanded selections from the works of Kongzi (Confucius), Mengzi (Mencius), Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu), and Xunzi (Hsun Tzu); two new works, the dialogues Robber Zhi and White Horse; a concise general introduction; brief introductions to, and selective bibliographies for, each work; and four appendices that shed light on important figures, periods, texts This new edition offers expanded selections from the works of Kongzi (Confucius), Mengzi (Mencius), Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu), and Xunzi (Hsun Tzu); two new works, the dialogues Robber Zhi and White Horse; a concise general introduction; brief introductions to, and selective bibliographies for, each work; and four appendices that shed light on important figures, periods, texts, and terms in Chinese thought.

30 review for Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chin Jian Xiong

    Good selection of readings from many of the main thinkers. Although Laozi & Zhuangzi are the most fun & mystical, I somehow orient to Xunzi because he seems to have the most balance from the excerpts provided. Han Feizi is a glorious asshole. Good selection of readings from many of the main thinkers. Although Laozi & Zhuangzi are the most fun & mystical, I somehow orient to Xunzi because he seems to have the most balance from the excerpts provided. Han Feizi is a glorious asshole.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I left the book with an understanding of Yi and Li. The historic roles of individuals in a Confucius system and why Confucianism was so relevant when it was at its height. A former philosophy professor told me that it has some of the most accurate translations from the Analects. Furthermore, the text doe a nice job at showing how certain movements and schools of thought were highly reactive, like Taoism. This is a highly academic text. I found myself struggle at times to push through. In part, b I left the book with an understanding of Yi and Li. The historic roles of individuals in a Confucius system and why Confucianism was so relevant when it was at its height. A former philosophy professor told me that it has some of the most accurate translations from the Analects. Furthermore, the text doe a nice job at showing how certain movements and schools of thought were highly reactive, like Taoism. This is a highly academic text. I found myself struggle at times to push through. In part, because this book pushes primary sources and works to give exposure to classical thinking. There were moments when I found the text a bit too dry and academic.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dmk

    What a lovely compilation. Yes, it's incomplete, but do you really want to read those seven books completely? There were all the important passages, those you may came across in your life, those mostly cited. And books are served in appropriate length. 'Cause even thought Daodejing is beatyful boook I can't imagine reading whole book, it's so repetative... and it's not the only book on which I have this opinion. I highly recommend this book, it gives you insight in their writing styles, in their What a lovely compilation. Yes, it's incomplete, but do you really want to read those seven books completely? There were all the important passages, those you may came across in your life, those mostly cited. And books are served in appropriate length. 'Cause even thought Daodejing is beatyful boook I can't imagine reading whole book, it's so repetative... and it's not the only book on which I have this opinion. I highly recommend this book, it gives you insight in their writing styles, in their philosophy (but I can't tell how accesible it's for true beginner) but without overhelming you with... you know, these books are cryptic and written in not very reader-friendly style.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emily Carroll

    This was a great collection of books by the most prominent Chinese philosophers. It was nice having the whole collection in one book, it made it easier to compare and contrast the different schools of thought. Some of the translation is bias and not exact on the terms. Ivanhoe also uses a lot of footnotes to explain historical context, terms and meanings, which is helpful. But I think he focuses on his opinion a little too much. Over all a good book to have if you are at all interested in Chines This was a great collection of books by the most prominent Chinese philosophers. It was nice having the whole collection in one book, it made it easier to compare and contrast the different schools of thought. Some of the translation is bias and not exact on the terms. Ivanhoe also uses a lot of footnotes to explain historical context, terms and meanings, which is helpful. But I think he focuses on his opinion a little too much. Over all a good book to have if you are at all interested in Chinese Philosophy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Spencer

    Just reading this book will make you a better person. Nobody spends the time to think about what it is to be right, virtuous, or just anymore. Consider the perspectives of the sages and see how you can implement their teachings. This volume helps contextualize the texts with footnotes that explain historical references and where the philosophers agreed and disagreed. If you agree with Han Fei, though, please do not run for president.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jaena Rae

    Nice, clear translation of a number of Chinese philosophers: Kongzi, Mengzi, Xunzi, etc. The general introductions for each philosopher were also very good, and helped to frame the philosophers' texts in the periods in which they lived. When selecting this class, I was worried that my unfamiliarity with Chinese philosophy would make it difficult, but having this as a textbook made all the difference.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aeden

    Works in this edition include Analects, Mozi, Mengzi, Daodejing (the full text), Zhuangzi, Xunzi, Han Feizi, "White Horse" and "Robber Zhi". A great introduction to a lot of different modes of thought. I'm continually struck by the parallels between the dialectic amongst this group, and that which I am more familiar with, in Western philosophy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jonah Dunch

    Woohoo! I'm done! This is two eminent analytic Confucians' (my label, not theirs) anthology of selections from early Chinese philosophical classics: the Analects of Kongzi (Confucius), the Mozi, the Mengzi (Mencius), the Daodejing (Laozi), the Zhuangzi, the Xunzi, and the Hanfeizi (Han Fei). Plus we've got Gongsun Long's On the White Horse, here to represent the "School of Names" (philosophy of language) and the Robber Zhi dialogue from the Zhuangzi's miscellaneous chapters, here to represent (a Woohoo! I'm done! This is two eminent analytic Confucians' (my label, not theirs) anthology of selections from early Chinese philosophical classics: the Analects of Kongzi (Confucius), the Mozi, the Mengzi (Mencius), the Daodejing (Laozi), the Zhuangzi, the Xunzi, and the Hanfeizi (Han Fei). Plus we've got Gongsun Long's On the White Horse, here to represent the "School of Names" (philosophy of language) and the Robber Zhi dialogue from the Zhuangzi's miscellaneous chapters, here to represent (albeit speculatively) the ethical egoism of Yang Zhu. It's perhaps unproductive to try evaluating the entire collection taken together, since such a diversity of intellectual currents are represented. Indeed, because of its diversity, I could space it out between other reading (and, alas, gaming)--and because of its density, I often felt the need to. So what I will say is that this is a prime sampling platter of this rich and varied period in global intellectual history, which treats these texts as artifacts in their historical context, but also as vessels for ideas, lines of questioning, and arguments which we may breathe qi into today.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ethan

    I'm not a specialist in Chinese philosophy, but I've been developing a teaching competency and I'm now regularly teaching a lower level Asian philosophy course that includes a unit on classical Chinese philosophy. This is a helpful book for beginners with mostly accessible, readable translations. Sometimes I wonder if maybe longer and more robust introductions to each school would help, but the short introductions are adequate with some help from a teacher or other sources.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bahia

    It's a pretty good primer on the basics of Kongzi, Mengzi, Zhuangzi, Xunzi, Laozi, and Han Feizi. Some of the readings are a bit dense, but that's to be expected. The editor is very good and the intros to each section provide good overviews of the life and beliefs of each philosophers, plus pretty detailed footnotes. I read this for class and probably would not have picked it up otherwise, but if you want a refresher or introduction to these philosophers I think it's a good selection of works.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Luna Holmes

    Many of the concerns and issues shared in modernity have been discussed and held by people over the ages. Some of the insights offered here, and the questions posed, expose a reader to alternative approaches to current concerns.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maria Tucker

    Awesome collection of Chinese philosophy. Read it in undergrad, then stupidly took it home to NM; bought another copy for grad school and still pick it up every once in a while. Has a lot of essentials.

  13. 4 out of 5

    David Markwell

    A great collection of Chinese philosophical texts. A good introduction to the thoughts of China

  14. 4 out of 5

    Daisy Battersby

    I neither enjoyed it nor despised it, it was okay, although I disagree with a lot of the points of views of the philosophers included.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nick Pelonia

    Very convenient, has the entire "Daodejing," some of "The Analects," and more (Mohism, Legalism) all in one book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    R. August

    Great introduction to all the major thinkers, though I think I appreciated PJ Ivanhoe's work more of roughly the same title more.

  17. 4 out of 5

    David Withun

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  18. 4 out of 5

    Helen

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Not quite sure how I feel about this book yet, just started.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sofie Tyger

    Zhuangzi is my favourite.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Very good for teaching Chinese philosophy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brittney Martinez

    I wish the footnotes/annotations were better as this was a difficult read. The annotations provided aren't every helpful in understanding the text.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ethan Seegmiller

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jomar Da Silva

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tere

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mateo

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carina

  28. 4 out of 5

    Diogo Amr

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Newton

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