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Understanding the Chinese Mind: The Philosophical Roots Paperback – December 13, 1990

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"This is an important book...Allinson is to be congratulated on putting together this thoughtful and reflective volume."--Ninian Smart, Philosophy East and West

"This book...has begun to have reverberating effects on the Western intellectual scene. With current great interest in Asian and comparative thought, the volume contributes substantially to defining and unravelling the many-faceted nature of the Chinese mind."--Journal of Chinese Philosophy

"...an intriguing book that crosses linguistic and cultural boundaries to probe various issues in the Chinese philosophical tradition."--Journal of Asian Studies

"A comprehensive, in-depth look at the Chinese culture. An excellent resource for those interested in probing the roots of Chinese attitudes and beliefs."--Helena Czosnyka, Maryville University

"These essays present challenging new perspectives on Chinese thought."--Religious Studies Review

About the Author

Robert E. Allinson is at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 13, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019585022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195850222
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,529,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overall, I found the essays in Allinson's book to be rather tedious and uneventful reading. The majority of the essays focus on linguistics and etymology to primarily address the issue of responsibly interpreting Chinese philosophical concepts without imposing a Western philosophical framework upon them. There is a good essay by Antonia Cua on the concept of li. The highlight of this book, by far, is Chung-ying Cheng's essay on Chinese metaphysics. Cheng's essay is excellent and along with Cua's article make this book worth taking a look at for the serious student of Chinese philosophy.
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