“Combining firm control of original sources and contemporary scholarship with sophisticated philosophical analysis, this book is clearly the best introduction to Chinese philosophy. It will be interesting to specialists, and enlightening to lay readers.” Ying-shih Yu, Princeton University
“JeeLoo Liu has written a wonderful introduction to Chinese philosophy. Her book is introductory without being superficial, full of sure-handed scholarship, and at once analytical and sensitive to the cultural setting in which these great philosophies developed.” John Perry, Stanford University
From the Back Cover
Beginning with the philosophy of Yijing, Part I covers seven additional major philosophers from the ancient period: Confucius, Mencius, Xunzi, Mozi, Laozi, Zhuangzi, and Hanfeizi. Part II introduces the reader to the four major schools in Chinese Buddhism: the Consciousness-Only, the Hua-yan, the Tian-tai, and the Chan. Mutual themes connect chapters, highlighting the continuity of thought, while an unbiased analysis helps to define their differences. Contemporary commentaries and debates on the central issues in Chinese philosophy round out the book, presenting an incisive introduction to the field.