Offers an innovative analysis of gates—as architectural components, visual images, and mental constructs—in early Chinese thought and material culture.
Sheds new light on the relationship between myth and history in ancient China and the central role they have played in shaping early Chinese thought.
Provides a new model for reading the Shiji and other early Chinese historical texts.
Draws on Guo Xiang's commentary on the Zhuangzi to construct an account of freedom that is both metaphysical and political.
Explores how China’s oldest poetry collection was interpreted in a Confucian exegetical text—the Mao Commentary—in the mid-second century BCE.
Biography of a major figure in modern Chinese history.
Challenges deep-seated assumptions about the traditionalist nature of Confucianism by providing a new interpretation of the emergence of modern Confucianism in Republican China.
Considers what unearthed documents reveal about the creation and transmission of knowledge in ancient China.
Reality merges with illusion in this novel of northwestern China.
Applies a method of comparative cultural hermeneutics to let the tradition speak on its own terms.
A clear translation and helpful explanations illuminate this ancient classic of self-cultivation for a modern audience.
An analysis of the philosophy of the Yijing in comparison to modern Western philosophies.
Examines the intersections between forgetting and remembering in classical Chinese civilization.
Reevaluates Western and Chinese philosophical traditions to question the boundaries of entrenched conceptual frameworks.
Presents Li Zehou's culminating views on ethics in a series of works that highlight the importance of Confucian philosophy today.
A complete translation and analysis of "All Things Flow into Form" (Fan wu liu xing), a recently discovered manuscript from the Warring States period (481–221 BCE).
Offers a variety of pedagogical and theoretical essays designed to assist professors in introducing undergraduate students to Buddhism in China, Korea, and Japan.
Examines literary, historical, and cultural portrayals of Chinese women, across centuries and continents.
Addresses the question of China's rise and what it portends for the future.
Offers a renovated form of Confucian liberalism that forges a reconciliation between the two extremes of anti-Confucian liberalism and anti-liberal Confucianism.
Presents the most important portrayals of the Daoist master Yang Zhu throughout Chinese history, from the Warring States period until today.
A comprehensive treatment of the shared traditions of Chan, Sŏn, and Zen in dynamic interaction across East Asia, acknowledging the changing and growing parameters of the field of Zen studies.
Uses a comparative hermeneutical method to explain the most important terms in the classical Confucian philosophical texts, in an effort to allow the tradition to speak on its own terms.
Relates Chinese Realism to contemporary political and ethical challenges, such as in international relations and the morality of the public sector.
Offers three neo-Confucian understandings of broadening the Way as broadening oneself, through an ongoing process of removing self-boundaries.
The first concerted attempt to analyze how the histories Shiji and Hanshu described the technical arts as they were applied in vital areas of the administration of pre-Han and Han China.
Explores the aesthetic theory of one of China's most important and influential contemporary philosophers.
Posits the origin of a specifically Chinese concept of “word-meaning,” and sheds new light on the linguistic ideas in early Chinese philosophical texts.
An introduction to ancient Chinese ideas on how to live a good life.
The ancient concept of spontaneous self-causation (ziran) from Daoism opens a path to understanding human action as self-organizing, attention as effortless, and art as somatic.
The first English-language translation of an important figure in modern Confucian thought.
Draws on two different but strikingly similar streams in our world tradition to argue for the contemporary philosophical relevance of “culture.”
Brings early Daoist writings into conversation with contemporary contemplative studies.
Offers a comparative and deconstructive reading of the cross-cultural encounter between the Jesuits and their Confucian hosts in late Ming China.
Offers a compelling intercultural perspective on body, art, self, and society.
Offers new perspectives on modern Chinese political thought.
Offers an in-depth exposition of the Confucian conception of persons as the starting point of Confucian ethics.
A unique work on the underlying ontology, cosmology, and moral philosophy of the Yijing.
Argues that Confucianism and other East Asian philosophical traditions can be resources for understanding and addressing current global challenges such as climate change and hunger.
Argues that the only way to understand the Confucian vision of the consummate moral life is to take the tradition on its own terms.
Offers the first focused study of the shifei debates of the Warring States period in ancient China and challenges the imposition of Western conceptual categories onto these debates.
Proposes an “intra-cultural philosophy” based on John Dewey’s “cultural turn” and promotes Daoist thought as a resource that can help to reconstruct outmoded assumptions that continue to shape how we currently think.
Critically introduces the philosophical system of Li Zehou, one of the most significant modern scholars of Chinese history and culture.
Argues that we move beyond philosophy that is simply “comparative” and uses John Dewey’s late period reflections as the basis for an alternative.
Assesses John Dewey’s visit to China in 1919–21 as an “intra-cultural” episode and promotes “Chinese natural philosophy” as a philosophical context in which to understand the connections between Dewey’s philosophy and early Confucian thinking.
Examines the Great Peace (taiping), one of the first utopian visions in Chinese history, and its impact on literati lives in Han China.
A wide-ranging exploration and critical assessment of the work of a major figure in Chinese and comparative philosophy.
Provides a new perspective on important linguistic issues in philosophical and religious Daoism through the comparative lens of twentieth-century European philosophies of language.
Engages with Chinese philosophy to offer new conceptual models for reframing gender, bodies, and aesthetics.
Critical reflections on the work of Angus Charles Graham, renowned Western scholar of Chinese philosophy and sinology.
Attempts to think anew about philosophical questions from the perspective of breath and breathing.
Challenges the idea held by many prominent twentieth-century Sinologists that early China experienced a “language crisis. ”
An encounter between Franke’s philosophy of the unsayable and Eastern apophatic wisdom in the domains of poetry, thought, and culture.
Reassesses didacticism in seventeenth-century Chinese vernacular fiction and challenges the view that the late Ming was a notoriously immoral time.
Reveals cultural paradigms and historical prejudices regarding the role of birthing and women in the reproduction of society.
Discusses contemporary Confucianism's relevance and its capacity to address pressing social and political issues of twenty-first-century life.
Provides a systematic and comprehensive survey of writings on military philosophy in early China.
A translation of Wang Daiyu’s Real Commentary on the True Teaching, the first and most influential work written in the Chinese language on Islam.
A comprehensive analysis of the transformations of ancient history in early Chinese texts.
Considers the role of hiddenness in the history of cultural production in premodern China.
A reconsideration of Zhu Xi, known as the “great synthesizer” of Confucianism, which establishes him as an important thinker in his own right.
David N. Keightley’s seminal essays on the origins of Chinese society are brought together in one volume.
Contests long-standing claims that Confucianism came to prominence under China's Emperor Wu.
Discusses how Zhou Dunyi's thought became a cornerstone of neo-Confucianism.
Continues the author’s inquiry into the development of the Chinese philosophical concept Li, concluding in Song and Ming dynasty Neo-Confucianism.
An anthology of English translations of primary texts of the Quanzhen (Complete Perfection) school of Daoism.
Explores the religious, political, and cultural significance attributed to music in early China.
A wide-ranging exploration of traditional Chinese views of mortality.
An exploration of Chinese during a time of monumental change, the period after the fall of the Han dynasty.
A cross-cultural work which reinvigorates the consideration of enlightenment.
A collection of essays on Chinese ethical traditions, including Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist ethics.
Provides an overview of some of the great texts of Asian philosophy and religion along with an exploration of the contexts in which they arose.
Explores Xunzi's thought in relation to the early Chinese philosophical context that relied on the natural world.
Brings Chinese Daoist and Confucian thought into conversation with Western process, pragmatic, and naturalist philosophy and theology.
Presenting the commentary of the third-century sage Wang Bi, this book provides a Chinese way of reading the Daodejing, one which will surprise Western readers.
Uses the thought of Wang Yang-ming, John Dewey, and Alfred North Whitehead to explain a more coherent theory of knowledge.
The first major reassessment of ancient Chinese religion to appear in recent years, this book presents the religious mentality of the period through personal and daily experiences.
Examines the original composition of China's oldest books, the Classic of Changes, the Venerated Documents, and the Classic of Poetry, and attempts to restore their original meanings.
Explicates early Chinese thought and explores the relationship between language and thought.
Provides a lively description of how the cult of a popular plague-fighting deity named Marshal Wen arose and spread in late imperial China.
This book shows that failure to assess the significant cultural differences between China and the West has seriously affected our understanding of both classical and contemporary China, and makes the translation of attitudes, concepts, and issues extremely problematic.
This is a comparative treatment of the religious beliefs and practices of Chinese traditional culture.
While the Tao Te Ching has been translated and commented on countless times, interpretations are seldom based on systematic theoretical treatment of the problems of interpretive method posed by this enigmatic ...
This scripture was revealed through spirit writing in 1181. It traces Wenchang's development through his many transformations culminating in his apotheosis as director of the Wenchang Palace and custodian ...
This is the first Western study of the philosophy of Xu Gan (170-217), a Confucian thinker who lived at a nodal point in the history of Chinese thought, when Han scholasticism had become ossified and ...
This book is a study of comparative philosophy and theology. The themes are the critical issues arising from the modern interpretation of Confucian doctrine as they confront the Christian beliefs of the ...
Containing sixty translations from a large variety of texts, this is an accessible yet thorough introduction to the major concepts, doctrines, and practices of Taoism. It presents the philosophy, rituals, ...
This translation and commentary on Xunzi's Tian Lun argues against naturalistic interpretations of Tian. Tracing the course of interpretation of Xunzi down to the present, discussing some of the influences ...
Many Chinese philosophic concepts derive from an ancient cosmology. This work is the first reconstructions of the mythic thought of the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1700- 1100 B. C.) which laid the foundation for ...
This book explores the earliest Confucian texts to find coherent structural principles linking the various facets of Confucian doctrine. Its central theme is that the coherence of early Confucianism emerges only when doctrine is viewed as a function of the unique ritual practice of the early Confucian community.
Thinking Through Confucius critically interprets the conceptual structure underlying Confucius' philosophical reflections. It also investigates "thinking," or "philosophy" from the perspective of Confucius. ...
The foremost work on the ancient Chinese art of T'ai Chi Ch'üan in the English language is now even better. Master practitioner and teacher Sophia Delza has thoroughly revised her original guide to include ...