Disputers of the Tao: Philosophical Argument in Ancient China

Disputers of the Tao Philosophical Argument in Ancient China A history of Chinese philosophy in the so called Axial Period the period of classical Greek and Indian philosophy during which time China evolved the characteristic ways of thought that sustained bo

  • Title: Disputers of the Tao: Philosophical Argument in Ancient China
  • Author: A.C. Graham
  • ISBN: 9780812690880
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback
  • A history of Chinese philosophy in the so called Axial Period the period of classical Greek and Indian philosophy , during which time China evolved the characteristic ways of thought that sustained both its empire and its culture for over 2000 years It is comprehensive, lucid, almost simple in its presentation, yet backed up with incomparable authority amid a well honed A history of Chinese philosophy in the so called Axial Period the period of classical Greek and Indian philosophy , during which time China evolved the characteristic ways of thought that sustained both its empire and its culture for over 2000 years It is comprehensive, lucid, almost simple in its presentation, yet backed up with incomparable authority amid a well honed discretion that unerringly picks out the core of any theme Garlanded with tributes even before publication, it has redrawn the map of its subject and will be the one essential guide for any future exploration For anyone interested in the affinities between ancient Chinese and modern Western philosophy, there is no better introduction Contemporary Review

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    1. As a Sinologist in training, Graham is rapidly becoming one of my professional heroes. Disputers of the Tao is both a historical survey of Chinese philosophy during its golden age (about 500-200 BCE) and an innovative comparative work which draws connections to the West's many philosophical traditions. The topic is thoroughly and lucidly handled, succeeding as both an introduction for non-specialists and a touchstone for anyone currently working in the field. The breadth of Graham's knowledge is [...]

    2. In my Chinese History class with Patricia Ebrey last fall one of the readings she gave us was from A.C. Graham on Lao Tzu and Taoism. I loved it as it was the first explanation of Taoism that I'd read. It actually made sense and I could understand what the whole point of it was. Surprisingly the rest of the class found it a really difficult reading, which also surprised the teacher as she had used the whole book before as a textbook for the class in previous years. Several months ago I found the [...]

    3. Disputers of the Tao - A.C. GrahamBe aware that there are approximately 20 pages dedicated to the Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching. There are 40 dedicated to the Chuang Tzu, and the last half of the book has little to say about Tao.One point of interest in this book is that Mr. Graham dates the Tao Te Ching later than the Chuang Tzu. Whereas the writings of Confucius are datable closer to 500 BCE, we can be fairly confident that the Tao Te Ching was the work of various authors that was complied a bit earli [...]

    4. This is by far the best book I've read on Chinese philosophy. The author narrates all the different currents and thinkers of the Axial Age relating them to how the view the central concept of Dao.I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in or studying Chinese philosophy.

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