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A History of Classical Chinese Thought

Posted By Administration, Sunday, October 20, 2019

Author(s): Li Zehou, trans. by Andrew Lambert (Assistant Professor of Philosophy at City University of New York, College of Staten Island)


Press: Routledge

Year of publication: 2019


Brief introduction:


Li Zehou is widely regarded as one of China’s most influential contemporary thinkers and this book is the first English-language translation of Li Zehou’s seminal work on classical Chinese thought. It includes chapters on the classical Chinese thinkers, including Confucius, Mozi, Laozi, Sunzi, Xunzi and Zhuangzi, and also on later eras and thinkers such as Dong Zhongshu and the Song-Ming Neo-Confucians.

The essays discuss these historical figures and their ideas, and also their historical significance. This includes how key themes from these early schools reappeared in and shaped later periods and thinkers. Taken together, these essays highlight the breadth of Li Zehou’s scholarship and his syncretic approach―his explanations of prominent thinkers and periods in Chinese intellectual history blend ideas from both the Chinese and Western canons, while also drawing on contemporary thinkers in both traditions. The book includes an extended introduction, written by the translator, which explains the significance of Li Zehou’s work and its prospects for fostering cross-cultural dialogue with Western philosophy.

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