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Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
This book is an introduction in the very best sense of the word. It provides the beginner with an accurate, sophisticated, yet accessible account, and offers new insights and challenging perspectives to those who have more specialized knowledge. Focusing on the period in Chinese philosophy that is surely most easily approachable and perhaps is most important, it ranges ...more
Paperback, 289 pages
Published March 4th 2011 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
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Brad Foley
Jun 18, 2012 Brad Foley rated it really liked it
This was a welcome addition to a recent list of great philosophy I've read. I've been getting a little frustrated reading reputed global histories of thought that start with the Greeks, skip the Middle Ages, and jump into the European Renaissance, with no description of what else might have been going on. Of my recent reading, Gleick in "The Information" hinted at the importance of Indian formal logic in the development of Boolean algebra; likewise Haidt in "The Righteous Mind" approvingly ...more
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While most of us in the West are familiar with the name Confucius, and possibly with the Daodejing it is unlike we know anything really about the philosophy behind the two, except perhaps the little quotes that usually start with "Confucius says:".

Van Norden sets out to correct that, as well as introduce us to other schools of thought from Warring States China. He does so very eloquently, stressing the fact that Eastern philosophy can't be interpreted the same as Western, as well as giving the b
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Jacob Andrews
Aug 15, 2014 Jacob Andrews rated it really liked it
Solid 4.5 stars, only because I don't like giving out 5 stars. Really good introduction to classical Chinese philosophy. I read it in conjunction with Ivanhoe and Van Norden, Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy, reading the Introduction chapter on each author before reading the Readings volume's excerpts from that author. This plan worked very well.
Michael A.
Jul 27, 2015 Michael A. rated it liked it
Lucid and readable introduction to classical Chinese philosophy. would rater higher without the references to South Park and the double rainbow meme....
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