Confucianism

Confucianism

by Paul Goldin

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Overview

"Confucianism" presents the history and salient tenets of Confucian thought, and discusses its viability, from both a social and a philosophical point of view, in the modern world. Despite most of the major Confucian texts having been translated into English, there remains a surprising lack of straightforward textbooks on Confucian philosophy in any Western language. Those that do exist are often oriented from the point of view of Western philosophy - or, worse, a peculiar school of thought within Western philosophy - and advance correspondingly skewed interpretations of Confucianism. This book seeks to rectify this situation. It guides readers through the philosophies of the three major classical Confucians: Confucius (551-479 BCE), Mencius (372-289 BCE?) and Xunzi (fl. 3rd cent. BCE), and concludes with an overview of later Confucian revivals and the standing of Confucianism today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844651788
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Series: Ancient Philosophies Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author


Paul R. Goldin is Professor and Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: What Confucianism Is and Is Not 2. Confucius and his Disciples 3. Mencius 4. Xunzi 5. Neo-Confucianism and Confucianism Today

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