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An exceptional contribution to the teaching and study of Chinese thought, this anthology provides fifty-eight selections arranged chronologically in five main sections: Han Thought, Chinese Buddhism, Neo-Confucianism, Late Imperial Confucianism, and the early Twentieth Century. The editors have selected writings that have been influential, that are philosophically engaging, and that can be understood as elements of an ongoing dialogue, particularly on issues regarding ethical cultivation, human nature, virtue, government, and the underlying structure of the universe. Within those topics, issues of contemporary interest, such as Chinese ideas about gender and the experiences of women, are brought to light.
Introductions to each main section provide an overview of the period, while brief headnotes to selections highlight key points.
The translations are the works of many distinguished scholars, and were chosen for their accuracy and accessibility, especially for students, general readers, and scholars who do not read Chinese. Special effort has been made to maintain consistency of key terms across translations.
Also included are a glossary, bibliography, index of names, and an index locorum of The Four Books.
Parts 6, 11, and 12 of Eirik Harris' translation of "Manifesto on Behalf of Chinese Culture," by Mou Zongsan et al: http://www.hackettpublishing.com/mou_zongsan_manifesto
Sample Syllabus: click HERE to see a sample syllabus for a 13-week course on later Chinese thought using Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy as the primary textbook.
I. Han Thought
A. Confucian Political and Ethical Philosophy
1. Dong Zhongshu, "An In-depth Investigation into Names and Designations," trans. Mark Csikszentmihalyi with additions by B.W. Van Norden
2. Dong Zhongshu, "The Way of the King Links Up the Three," trans. Sharon Sanderovitch
3. Dong Zhongshu, "The Necessity for Benevolence and Wisdom," trans. Wang Yunling
4. Yang Xiong, "Putting Learning into Practice," trans. Mark Csikszentmihalyi
5. Wang Fu, "Acculturation through Virtue," trans. Mark Csikszentmihalyi
6. Selections on Yin and Yang
7. Selections on Qi
8. Selections on the Five Phases
9. "Great Appendix," trans. Jesse Chapman
10. "Explanation of the Trigrams," trans. Scot Brackenridge
D. Women and Gender
11. Ban Zhao, "Lessons for Women," trans. Nancy Lee Swann
12. Liu Xiang, “Mengzi’s Mother,” trans. Pauline Lee
II. Chinese Buddhism
13. Huiyuan, "On Why Buddhist Monks Do Not Bow Down before Kings," trans. Justin Tiwald
14. Fa Zang, "Rafter Dialogue," trans. David Elstein
15. Fa Zang, "Essay on the Golden Lion," trans. B.W. Van Norden
16. Huineng, "Platform Sutra," trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
17. Zongmi, On Humanity, trans. B.W. Van Norden
18. Selected Kōans, trans. Stephen Addiss and James Green
A. Han Yu
19. "Memorandum on a Bone of the Buddha," trans. B.W. Van Norden
20. "On the Way," trans. B.W. Van Norden
21. "On Reading Xunzi," trans. B.W. Van Norden
22. "On Human Nature," trans. B.W. Van Norden
B. The Philosophical Foundations
23. Zhang Zai, "Western Inscription," trans. B.W. Van Norden and Justin Tiwald
24. Zhou Dunyi, "Explanation of the Diagaram of the Supreme Ultimate," trans. B.W. Van Norden and Justin Tiwald
25. Cheng Hao, "On Understanding Benevolence," trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
26. Cheng Hao, "Letter on Calming the Nature," trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
27. Cheng Hao, Selected Sayings, trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
28. Cheng Yi, “What Kind of Learning was it that Yanzi Loved?” trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
29. Cheng Yi, "Remembrance of Taking Care of Fish," trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
30. Cheng Yi, "Letter in Reply to Yang Shi's Letter on 'The Western Inscription,'" trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
31. Cheng Yi, Selected Sayings, trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
C. Zhu Xi
32. Zhu Xi, Categorized Conversations, trans. B.W. Van Norden
33. Zhu Xi, Collected Commentaries on the Great Learning, trans. B.W. Van Norden
34. Zhu Xi, Collected Commentaries on the Analects, trans. B.W. Van Norden
35. Zhu Xi, Collected Commentaries on the Mengzi, trans. B.W. Van Norden
36. Zhu Xi, Collected Commentaries on the Mean, trans. B.W. Van Norden
D. Critics of Zhu Xi
37. Lu Xiangshan, Correspondence on the Great Ultimate, trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
38. Wang Yangming, "Questions on the Great Learning," trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
E. Lu Xiangshan
39. Lu Xiangshan, Short Meditations and Poetry, trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
40. Lu Xiangshan, Recorded Sayings, trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
41. Lu Xiangshan, "Letter to Zeng Zhaizhi," trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
42. Lu Xiangshan, "Letter to Wang Shunbo," trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
F. Wang Yangming, trans. Ivanhoe
43. Wang Yangming, A Record for Practice, trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
44. Wang Yangming, Miscellaneous Writings, trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
G. Women and Gender
45. Cheng Yi, "Biographies of My Parents," trans. Wing-tsit Chan
46. Zhu Xi, "The Way of the Family"
47. Luo Rufang, "Essay on the Hall of Motherly Nurturance," by Yu-yin Cheng
H. Li Zhi
48. Li Zhi, "A Letter in Response to the Claim that Women Cannot Understand the Way Because They are Shortsighted," trans. Rivi Handler-Spitz, Pauline Lee and Haun Saussy
49. "On the Child-like Mind," trans. Pauline Lee
IV. Late Imperial Confucianism
50. Huang Zongxi, "On Law," trans. Justin Tiwald
51. Dai Zhen, Evidential Commentary on the Meanings of Terms in the Mengzi, selections, trans. Justin Tiwald
52. Zhang Xuecheng, "The Origin of the Way," trans. Philip J. Ivanhoe
V. The Twentieth Century
53. Li Dazhao, "Women’s Emancipation and Democracy," trans. Justin Tiwald
54. Hu Shih, "The Civilization of the East and the West," original text in English by Hu Shih
55. Liu Shaoqi, On The Ethical Cultivation of Communist Party Members, trans. B.W. Van Norden
56. Liu Shaoqi, "Self-Criticism"
57. Mou Zongsan, "Appearances and Things-in-Themselves," trans. David Elstein
58. Mou Zongsan, "Principles of Authority and Governance," trans. David Elstein
About the Authors:
Justin Tiwald is Associate Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University.
Bryan W. Van Norden is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and in the Department of Chinese and Japanese at Vassar College.