[Reading] ➬ Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy ➳ Philip J. Ivanhoe – Thomashillier.co.uk

Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy 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


About the Author: Philip J. Ivanhoe

Philip J Ivanhoe is an historian of Chinese thought, particularly of Confucianism and Neo Confucianism He is a professor at the City University of Hong Kong.



10 thoughts on “Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy

  1. says:

    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. says:

    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 Further, 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 Further, 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. says:

    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. says:

    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. says:

    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 any 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. says:

    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. says:

    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 androbust introductions to each school would help, but the short introductions are adequate with some help from a teacher or other sources.


  8. says:

    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.


  9. says:

    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 amfamiliar with, in Western philosophy.


  10. says:

    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.


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