An Outline of Chinese Traditional Philosophy


Editor: Li Cunshan 

ISBN: 978-1-84464-265-6                              

E--ISBN: 9781844643806

Hardback - 444 pages

July 2015


£80 €105 $135


The traditional Chinese philosophies of 'nature and human' lie at the heart of China's modern day culture and popular philosophical beliefs. To understand China, you must first understand its traditional philosophies. This book from leading expert Li Cunshan outlines the core beliefs and key elements of the three principles of traditional Chinese philosophy: the natural theory (cosmology); the human theory (the theory of life); the theory of knowledge (the theory of methodology). The coverage offers a systematic analysis of these three fundamental theories enabling the reader to gain a clear understanding of the part they've played in the creation of modern day China. An Outline of Chinese Traditional Philosophy is aimed at academics and students studying both philosophy and China, plus researchers and professionals seeking clear concise information on traditional Chinese philosophies and popular Chinese culture. Published by Paths International, in association with the prestigious Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, this English language edition is being made available outside of China for the very first time.


Part 1: The Thought of Tian
The Theory of Origin of the world
The View of Motion
The View of Space-Time
The Concept of form and spirits
Part 2: Doctrine of Man
Human-Nature Relation
The Theory of human nature
Value Theory
Conception of history
Part 3: Knowledge
Theory of subject and object relation
The methodology of known
View of name and reality
12 Concept of truth

About the Author:

Li Cunshan became Director of the Philosophy Center of China Social Sciences in 1988 and became the Deputy Chief Editor of China Social Sciences in 1993. During this period of work, he was also engaged in Chinese philosophy studies and culture study and had published several important papers. He was presented with the 'Outstanding Young Expert With Significant Contribution' by the Ministry of Personnel in 1986. He now holds a concurrent post as Vice-President of the Society of Confucius, Director of China Confucius Fund and Academic Committee Member of China Confucius Fund.


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