An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy

Author: Karyn Lai
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107103986
Release Date: 2017-03-31
Genre: Philosophy

This book explores traditions including Confucianism, Daoism, Mohism, Legalism and Chinese Buddhism, and how they shape Chinese thought.

From Africa to Zen

Author: Robert C. Solomon
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0742513505
Release Date: 2003-01-01
Genre: Philosophy

In the second edition of this groundbreaking text in non-Western philosophy, sixteen experts introduce some of the great philosophical traditions in the world. The essays unveil exciting, sophisticated philosophical traditions that are too often neglected in the western world. The contributors include the leading scholars in their fields, but they write for students coming to these concepts for the first time. Building on revisions and updates to the original, this new edition also considers three philosophical traditions for the first time—Jewish, Buddhist, and South Pacific (Maori) philosophy.

The Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy

Author: Nicholas Bunnin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470997215
Release Date: 2008-04-15
Genre: Philosophy

The Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy is a concise reference to the whole history of western philosophy, from ancient Greece to the present day. Spans all the major branches of western philosophical inquiry, all of the key figures Explains the meaning and usage of each philosophical concept in a fresh and engaging style Each entry on philosophical terms concludes with an illustrative quotation from a significant philosopher, to enhance the reader’s understanding Entries on terms and individual philosophers are fully cross-referenced Co-written by the editor of the popular volume The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy (Second Edition, 2002)

Chinese Civilization

Author: Patricia Buckley Ebrey
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439188394
Release Date: 2009-11-24
Genre: History

Chinese Civilization sets the standard for supplementary texts in Chinese history courses. With newly expanded material, personal documents, social records, laws, and documents that historians mistakenly ignore, the sixth edition is even more useful than its classic predecessor. A complete and thorough introduction to Chinese history and culture.

A History of Chinese Philosophy

Author: Youlan Feng
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691020213
Release Date: 1983
Genre: Philosophy

Since its original publication in Chinese in the 1930s, this work has been accepted by Chinese scholars as the most important contribution to the study of their country's philosophy. In 1952 the book was published by Princeton University Press in an English translation by the distinguished scholar of Chinese history, Derk Bodde, "the dedicated translator of Fung Yu-lan's huge history of Chinese philosophy" (New York Times Book Review). Available for the first time in paperback, it remains the most complete work on the subject in any language. Volume I covers the period of the philosophers, from the beginnings to around 100 B.C., a philosophical period as remarkable as that of ancient Greece. Volume II discusses a period lesser known in the West--the period of classical learning, from the second century B.C. to the twentieth century.

Mathematics and Its History

Author: John Stillwell
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0387953361
Release Date: 2004-01-27
Genre: Mathematics

This book offers a collection of historical essays detailing a large variety of mathematical disciplines and issues; it’s accessible to a broad audience. This second edition includes new chapters on Chinese and Indian number theory, on hypercomplex numbers, and on algebraic number theory. Many more exercises have been added as well as commentary that helps place the exercises in context.

Principles of Chinese Medicine

Author: Hai Hong
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9781783268023
Release Date: 2015-07-15
Genre: Medical

As the world's most comprehensive and deeply researched system of alternative and complementary medicine, Chinese medicine enjoys a large following in scientifically developed communities. Yet its concepts and principles have been shrouded in mystery and obscure language. This path-breaking book strips this ancient science of its mystique and metaphysical pretentions and interprets it to strike common ground with biomedical science. Concepts like qi and meridians are interpreted not as physical entities, but as constructs to facilitate diagnosis and therapy using heuristic models. Written for medical professionals, philosophers of medicine and discerning readers interested in holistic therapies, the book offers a unique perspective of Chinese medicine in an advanced biomedical world. It has practical chapters on cardiovascular disease, irritable bowel syndrome and cancer, and a compilation of Chinese herbs. This second edition of the acclaimed Theory of Chinese Medicine has new material on chronic diseases and the intriguing possible convergence of biomedicine and TCM. Contents:The Origins and Nature of Chinese MedicineChinese and Western Medicine: Never the Twain Shall Meet?The Causes of DiseaseThe Fundamental Ingredients of LifeOrgan and Meridian SystemsMethods of Diagnosis and TherapyTreating Illness: Herbs and Other TherapiesScientific Evidence for TCMCultural Factors in Placebo EffectsTreatment of Chronic IllnessesChinese Medicine: Reinterpretation and Future Direction Readership: Medical professionals, both Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners; librarians of TCM professional associations and teaching institutes; scholars interested in the theoretical basis for Chinese medicine, and the informed general reader seeking to understand the rationale and applicability of Chinese medical therapies to enhance their health. Keywords:Chinese Medicine;Epistemology;EvidenceReviews: "Despite its efficacy in treating ailments (for some of which Western medicine offers no cure), traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) continues to be regarded with skepticism in the West. To a large extent, this is due to the fact that TCM practitioners have been unable to explain TCM theories using Western scientific categories. A TCM physician who was also trained in the philosophy of science at Cambridge and the London School of Economics, Hong Hai offers a fresh and at times iconoclastic interpretation of Chinese medicine. This is without doubt the most important contribution to the field in the modern era. At last, Chinese medicine makes sense. Surprisingly accessible, this work is a must read for doctors East and West." Michael Tai, PhD (Cambridge) Research Associate Cambridge University "This is a book which should not be missed by anyone with an interest in Chinese medicine." Emeritus Professor Donald Gillies Dept of Science and Technology Studies University College, London "A fascinating book with special implications for medical professionals evaluating TCM as a genuine science and therapeutic armamentaria." The American Journal of Chinese Medicine "I enjoyed reading the book and applaud the seriousness with which the author tackles the difficult problem of evaluating TCM and his recognition of the amount of work that still has to be done." Professor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd Needham Research Institute Cambridge University "A scientific, historical, philosophical and at times unconventional interpretation of TCM. It is a refreshing read and highly recommended to anyone who wishes to explore and understand TCM better in order to improve and maintain one's health." Dr Koh Hwee Ling Associate Professor Department of Pharmacy National University of Singapore "The core of this book deals with the epistemological issues concerning the scientific status of medical conjectures in Traditional Chinese Medicine, very intelligently written and bringing to bear a great deal of common sense and good philosophy. There is much that is highly original in it." Peter J Clark Professor Philosophy University of St Andrews "Lucid, brilliant explanation of the terminology and principles of TCM and its approach to the management of syndromes. This is a book that anyone with even the slightest interest in complementary medicine should read." Dr Teoh Eng Soon MBBS, MD, FRCOG, FACS Gynecologist and former lecturer NUS Medical School "Approaching the theories of traditional Chinese medicine from the perspectives of the contemporary philosophy of science, this book is an important contribution to both of these two fields. It has expanded the intellectual horizons to better understand traditional Chinese medicine." Jing-Bao Nie, BMed, MMed, MA, PhD Bioethics Centre University of Otago

Transforming Consciousness

Author: John Makeham
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199358144
Release Date: 2014-03-03
Genre: Philosophy

Yogacara is one of the most influential philosophical systems of Indian Buddhism. Competing traditions of Yogacara thought were first introduced into China during the sixth century. By the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), however, key commentaries of this school had ceased being transmitted in China, and it was not until the end of the nineteenth century that a number of them were re-introduced from Japan where their transmission had been uninterrupted. Within a few short years Yogacara was being touted as a rival to the New Learning from the West, boasting not only organized, systematized thought and concepts, but also a superior means to establish verification. This book accomplishes three goals. The first is to explain why this Indian philosophical system proved to be so attractive to influential Chinese intellectuals at a particular moment in history. The second is to demonstrate how the revival of Yogacara thought informed Chinese responses to the challenges of modernity, in particular modern science and logic. The third goal is to highlight how Yogacara thought shaped a major current in modern Chinese philosophy: New Confucianism. Transforming Consciousness illustrates that an adequate understanding of New Confucian philosophy must include a proper grasp of Yogacara thought.

Introduction to Recreation and Leisure

Author: Human Kinetics (Organization)
Publisher: Human Kinetics
ISBN: 9781450424172
Release Date: 2012-03-15
Genre: Sports & Recreation

"Introduction to Recreation and Leisure, Second Edition," is a textbook designed for an initial undergraduate course in a recreation and leisure program. With its 21st-century views of recreation and leisure services, it incorporates indicators for future directions in the field and presents international perspectives as well as career opportunites in recreation and leisure. A new web resource is included.

A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind

Author: Peter A. Morton
Publisher: Broadview Press
ISBN: 1551110873
Release Date: 1996-12-23
Genre: Philosophy

A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind is designed both to provide a selection of core readings on the subject and to make those readings accessible by providing commentaries to guide the reader through initially intimidating material. Each commentary explains technical concepts and provides background on obscure arguments as they arise, setting them in the historical and intellectual milieu from which they emerged. The readings concentrate on providing the student with a solid grounding in the theories of representative figures of the major philosophical movements, from Plato and Aristotle to important recent figures such as Fodor and Dennett. A glossary of key terms is also included.

Lectures on the History of Philosophy

Author: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803272715
Release Date: 1995-01-01
Genre: Philosophy

G. W. F. Hegel (1770–1831), the influential German philosopher, believed that human history was advancing spiritually and morally according to God’s purpose. At the beginning of this masterwork, Hegel writes: “What the history of Philosophy shows us is a succession of noble minds, a gallery of heroes of thought, who, by the power of Reason, have penetrated into the being of things, of nature and of spirit, into the Being of God, and have won for us by their labours the highest treasure, the treasure of reasoned knowledge.” In his introduction to this Bison Book edition, Frederick C. Beiser notes the complex and controversial history of Hegel’s text. He makes a case that this English-language translation by E. S. Haldane and Frances H. Simson is still the most reliable one.

World Philosophies

Author: Ninian Smart
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415184665
Release Date: 1999-01
Genre: Philosophy

World Philosophiesis a comprehensive survey of the world's philosophical and religious traditions by one of our foremost religious thinkers. Ninian Smart discusses notable figures such as Plato and Kierkegaard in the West, the Buddha and Mao Zedong in Asia, Tempels and Knibanga in Africa, and Rodo and Royce in America. Covering a wide range of topics including Indian ideas of testimony and evidence, Chinese notions of moral development, Buddhist concepts of cosmology and Latin American critiques of materialism, Smart sheds new light on the astonishing diversity of philosophies that have developed throughout history.

The History of Mathematics

Author: Roger L. Cooke
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118460290
Release Date: 2012-11-08
Genre: Mathematics

Praise for the Second Edition "An amazing assemblage of worldwide contributions in mathematicsand, in addition to use as a course book, a valuable resource . . .essential." —CHOICE This Third Edition of The History of Mathematicsexamines the elementary arithmetic, geometry, and algebra ofnumerous cultures, tracing their usage from Mesopotamia, Egypt,Greece, India, China, and Japan all the way to Europe during theMedieval and Renaissance periods where calculus was developed. Aimed primarily at undergraduate students studying the historyof mathematics for science, engineering, and secondary education,the book focuses on three main ideas: the facts of who, what, when,and where major advances in mathematics took place; the type ofmathematics involved at the time; and the integration of thisinformation into a coherent picture of the development ofmathematics. In addition, the book features carefully designedproblems that guide readers to a fuller understanding of therelevant mathematics and its social and historical context.Chapter-end exercises, numerous photographs, and a listing ofrelated websites are also included for readers who wish to pursue aspecialized topic in more depth. Additional features of TheHistory of Mathematics, Third Edition include: Material arranged in a chronological and cultural context Specific parts of the history of mathematics presented asindividual lessons New and revised exercises ranging between technical, factual,and integrative Individual PowerPoint presentations for each chapter and a bankof homework and test questions (in addition to the exercises in thebook) An emphasis on geography, culture, and mathematics In addition to being an ideal coursebook for undergraduatestudents, the book also serves as a fascinating reference formathematically inclined individuals who are interested in learningabout the history of mathematics.


Publisher: American Academic Press
ISBN: 9781631817571
Release Date: 2015-12-10
Genre: Education

Genghis Khan, one of the most distinguished historical figures in both Chinese history and world history, is memorable for his remarkable feats in expanding territories as well as his philosophical thoughts. A Study of Genghis Khan’s Philosophy is just such a rare book that focuses on Genghis Khan’s rich philosophical ideas to help reveal the real and complete image of this great historical figure. Genghis Khan’s rich and profound philosophical ideas cover a great variety of aspects, such as his religious view of manifest destiny, his ideology of pragmatic principles, his dialectics of epistemology, his views towards heroes, making friends and staffing, his positive attitude towards life, his basic ideas about khan, regime and common people, his remarkable military thoughts, his views about family and family conflicts, and his views of solving conflicts between countries, etc. Genghis Khan’s philosophy has not only helped make what he was, but also has helped shape the Mongolians’ national consciousness and spirit, thus his philosophy is the significant root of understanding Genghis Khan, the man and the emperor, and the Mongolian nation as well.