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Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy by Bryan W. Van Norden (review)

Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy by Bryan W. Van Norden (review) BOOK NOTE Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy. By Bryan W. Van Norden. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Company, 2011. Pp. 271. isbn 978-1-603-84468-0. In his latest book, Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy, Bryan Van Norden provides an introductory survey of classical Chinese philosophy. Van Norden's approach is to introduce classical Chinese thought in terms of contemporary philosophy with the hope that in coming to the material in this way readers will be encouraged to pursue not only Chinese philosophy but also contemporary Western philosophy. In the introduction, Van Norden begins with a brief overview of the classical period -- beginning with the mythology of the sages and concluding with the historical rise and fall of the Qin dynasty (221­207 b.c.e.) -- and gives an account of the Eastern Zhou dynasty (770­221 b.c.e.) in particular, as it was the heyday of classical Chinese philosophy. Following the general introduction, Van Norden proceeds through the various major thinkers and schools of thought. He begins in chapter 2 with a brief thematic overview of Confucian philosophy before interpreting Kongzi's (Confucius') ethics as a form of virtue ethics in chapter 3. Mozi and Mohist consequentialism are the topic of chapter 4. Chapter 5 introduces http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy by Bryan W. Van Norden (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 64 (4) – Nov 5, 2014

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BOOK NOTE Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy. By Bryan W. Van Norden. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Company, 2011. Pp. 271. isbn 978-1-603-84468-0. In his latest book, Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy, Bryan Van Norden provides an introductory survey of classical Chinese philosophy. Van Norden's approach is to introduce classical Chinese thought in terms of contemporary philosophy with the hope that in coming to the material in this way readers will be encouraged to pursue not only Chinese philosophy but also contemporary Western philosophy. In the introduction, Van Norden begins with a brief overview of the classical period -- beginning with the mythology of the sages and concluding with the historical rise and fall of the Qin dynasty (221­207 b.c.e.) -- and gives an account of the Eastern Zhou dynasty (770­221 b.c.e.) in particular, as it was the heyday of classical Chinese philosophy. Following the general introduction, Van Norden proceeds through the various major thinkers and schools of thought. He begins in chapter 2 with a brief thematic overview of Confucian philosophy before interpreting Kongzi's (Confucius') ethics as a form of virtue ethics in chapter 3. Mozi and Mohist consequentialism are the topic of chapter 4. Chapter 5 introduces

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