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Chinese Thought from Confucius to Mao Tse-tung

"Chinese philosophy before our Christian era is emphasized in this nontechnical summary of Chinese thought. Professor Creel also deals with Confucianism, the ideas of Mo-tsu and Mencius, Taoism, Legalism, and their variations and adaptations. As an introduction for the general reader, this book stands among the best."—China: A Resource and Curriculum Guide

"There exists nowhere else such a well-written presentation of the main trends in Chinese thought in so brief a space. The text is not cluttered with Chinese names and the pages are not weighed down with footnotes—but the references are there for those who want them, with suggestions for further readings. This is a book which can be understood by those who have never read anything else about China."—The New York Times Book Review

304 pages | 5-1/2 x 8 | © 1953

Asian Studies: East Asia

History: Asian History

Table of Contents

I. The Chinese View
II. Before Confucius
III. Confucius and the Struggle for Human Happiness
IV. Mo Tzu and the Quest for Peace and Order
V. Mencius and the Emphasis on Human Nature
VI. The Mystical Skepticism of the Taoists
VII. The Authoritarianism of Hsun Tzu
VIII. The Totalitariansim of the Legalists
IX. The Eclectics of Han
X. Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism
XI. The Reaction against Neo-Confucianism
XII. The Influence of the West
XIII. In Retrospect
Suggestions for Further Reading

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