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The Beginnings of Philosophy in China - Richard Gotshalk

The Beginnings of Philosophy in China

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Published: 18th March 1999
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Philosophy was born in China in the 6th century, in the person of Confucius. But to properly understand this beginning and its development, we need to recall the beginning of the Zhou dynasty in the 11th century BC. Animated by a vision of the Mandate of Heaven for their rule, the Zhou rulers initiated and maintained a dynasty in north China aimed at achieving a civilized life for all human beings on earth. After a brief sketch of this background, Richard Gotshalk attempts an exposition of the six major figures who gave shape to the early Chinese tradition of philosophy: Confucius, Mo-zi, Lao-zi, Mencius, Zhuang-zi, and Xun-zi. Presenting the thought of each separately, Gotshalk concludes the work by drawing together some of the basic themes and emphases which mark the early Chinese realization of philosophical thought and that distinguishes philosophy in its beginnings in China from philosophy in its beginnings in India and Greece.

Preface
Introduction
Historical Background
The early Zhou religious visionp. 1
The Zhouyi: divination in the distinctive Zhou spiritp. 18
The immediate historical matrix of the birth of philosophyp. 29
The Beginnings of Philosophy
Confuciusp. 41
Mo-zip. 107
Lao-zip. 148
Menciusp. 175
Zhuang-zip. 205
Xun-zip. 235
Conclusion: A Retrospect on the Beginnings of Philosophy in Chinap. 255
Notes for Part I and Part IIp. 275
Selected Bibliographyp. 371
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9780761813460
ISBN-10: 0761813462
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 382
Published: 18th March 1999
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.69 x 15.34  x 3.38
Weight (kg): 0.66