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By Karyn L. Lai

This accomplished introductory textbook to early chinese language philosophy covers a number philosophical traditions which arose in the course of the Spring and Autumn (722-476 BCE) and Warring States (475-221 BCE) classes in China, together with Confucianism, Mohism, Daoism, and Legalism. It considers thoughts, subject matters and argumentative tools of early chinese language philosophy and follows the advance of a few principles in next sessions, together with the creation of Buddhism into China. The publication examines key concerns and debates in early chinese language philosophy, cross-influences among its traditions and interpretations by means of students as much as the current day. The dialogue attracts upon either basic texts and secondary resources, and there are feedback for extra analyzing. this may be a useful consultant for all who're drawn to the rules of chinese language philosophy and its richness and carrying on with relevance.

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Reading the Analects The key text for Confucius’ ideas is The Analects of Confucius (Lunyu). The text consists of fragments not written by Confucius himself but compiled by his disciples and second-generation disciples and collated over a period of time approximately seventy years after his death. 3 19 20 An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy The 499 short passages in the Analects are not systematically organised and repetitions and inconsistencies are common. Because it was written by a number of authors, there are several different interpretations of the key concepts in the Analects.

As common men without noble birthright, it is not surprising that they should assert this. Mencius also attempted to provide a transcendent basis for a moral human nature. He identified that as the source of human goodness and asserted a unity between heaven and humanity5: For a man to give full realization to his heart [xin] is for him to understand his own nature, and a man who knows his own nature will know Heaven [tian]. By 37 38 An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy retaining his heart and nurturing his nature he is serving Heaven .

In the hands of the Confucians, however, the term gradually came to denote a moral quality characteristic of humanity. Hence, it is not surprising to find some variation in its use in early Confucian philosophy, to denote humanity in general, humaneness as a distinguishing characteristic of humanity, or the primary human virtue of compassion. This characteristic was referred to in many ways, but most commonly as an inborn disposition or a feature of collective socio-political life. The meaning of the concept is 21 22 An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy also revealed in its Chinese character: ren (ҕ) is comprised by two characters, the left signifying humanity (Ҏ) and the right, two (Ѡ).

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