August 21, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 384 Pages
ISBN 9780367230128 - CAT# K422079
Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Chinese Philosophy
Li Zehou is widely regarded as one of China’s most influential contemporary thinkers. He has produced influential theories of the development of Chinese thought and the place of aesthetics in Chinese ethics and value theory. This book is the first English-language translation of Li Zehou’s 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 in the Han Dynasty and the Song-Ming Neo-Confucians.
The essays in this book not only discuss these historical figures and their ideas, but also consider their historical significance, and how key themes from these early schools reappeared in and shaped later periods and thinkers. Taken together, they highlight the breadth of Li Zehou’s scholarship and his syncretic approach—his explanations of prominent thinkers and key 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 also includes an introduction written by the translator that helpfully explains the significance of Li Zehou’s work and its prospects for fostering cross-cultural dialogue with Western philosophy.
A History of Chinese Classical Thought will be of interest to advanced students and scholars interested in Chinese philosophy, comparative philosophy, and Chinese intellectual and social history.
Foreword: Translator’s Introduction
Chapter 1. Re-evaluating Confucius
Chapter 2. A Preliminary Exploration of the Mohists
Chapter 3. Sunzi, Laozi and Han Fei
Chapter 4. Key Features of the Xunzi, Yizhuan and the Doctrine of the Mean
Chapter 5. Qin and Han Dynasty Thought
Chapter 6. Zhuangzi and Chan Buddhism
Chapter 7. Some Thoughts on Neo-Confucianism
Chapter 8. Engagement in Practical Affairs and Statecraft
Chapter 9. Some Thoughts on Chinese Wisdom