A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy by Wing-Tsit Chan PDF

By Wing-Tsit Chan

ISBN-10: 1400820030

ISBN-13: 9781400820030

A resource booklet in chinese language Philosophy is a milestone alongside the advanced and tough street to major figuring out by means of Westerners of the Asian peoples and a huge contribution to the reason for philosophy. it's the first anthology of chinese language philosophy to hide its whole old improvement. It offers big decisions from all of the nice thinkers and colleges in each period--ancient, medieval, sleek, and contemporary--and comprises of their entirety one of the most very important classical texts. It bargains with the elemental and technical in addition to the extra normal elements of chinese language notion. With its new translation of resource fabrics (some translated for the 1st time), its explanatory aids the place useful, its thoroughgoing scholarly documentation, this quantity can be an essential consultant for students, for students, for critical readers attracted to realizing the true China.

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26 It further says, 'It is not the millet that has the fragrance [which attracts the spiritual beings]. Illustrious virtue alone has the 24 According to the commentary by Wei Chao (of the Wu period, 222-280), to rebel against him. 25 According to the Ch'un-ch'iu Tso chuan cheng-i (Correct Meanings of Tso's Commentary on the Spring and Autumn Annals) by K'ung Ying-ta, chü here means to comfort. " Cf. Legge, Shoo King, p. 490. '28 Therefore if a ruler acts against virtue, his people will not be attached to him and spiritual beings will not accept his offerings.

Instead, believing that man "can make the Way (Tao) great," and not that "the Way can make man great,"5 he concentrated on man. His primary concern was a good society based on good government and harmonious human relations. To this end he advocated a good government that rules by virtue and moral example rather than by punishment or force. His criterion for goodness was righteousness as opposed to profit. For the family, he particularly stressed filial piety and for society in general, proper conduct or li (propriety, rites).

I also dare not rest in the Mandate of 10 For a good discussion of the term tse, see Needham, Science and Civilization in China, vol. 2: History of Scientific Thought, pp. 558-562. 11 Mencius, 6A:6. 12 Founder of Chou (r. ). 13 Quoted in Mao-shih cheng-i. 14 See his Shih-ching chi-chu (Collected 15 Commentaries on the Book of Odes). Name of Duke Shao (d. ). Presumably this was written by Duke Chou to dissuade Prince Shih from retiring as chief minister to King Ch'eng (r. ). 6 THE GROWTH OF HUMANISM the Lord on High, forever refraining from thinking of the awe-inspiring power of Heaven.

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