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The World of Thought in Ancient China (Belknap Press) Paperback – 9 Mar 1985


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  • Paperback: 502 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press; New Ed edition (9 Mar. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674961919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674961913
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3 x 23.5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 972,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is a lucid, accurate, agreeably written and comprehensive survey, based on a long familiarity with the whole of the literature of Chinese schools of thought down to the second century BC, and its great strength is its range of comparisons with other traditions. Chinese thought has never before been contemplated with quite this breadth of vision...Schwartz's book deserves to stand for some time to come as the most authoritative account of ancient Chinese thought for the Westerner interested in the history of ideas.--A. C. Graham "Times Literary Supplement "

With this immensely learned book, Mr.Schwartz has challenged those who reflect only on Western historical experience or 'primitive' societies to take the world of thought in ancient China into account...The great contribution of this book is to engage ancient Chinese thought in a dialogue with late 20th-century intellectual, moral and political concerns.--Willard J. Peterson "New York Times Book Review "

[Schwartz's] arguments are impressive, both in breadth and depth. From a lifetime of learning he offers insights into ancient Chinese ideas and Greek, modern European, and contemporary American thought as well...This work is essential reading for every scholar of intellectual history.--Henry Rosemont, Jr. "Journal of Asian Studies "

[This book] is a fascinating, readable, and even inspiring study of Confucius and the great sages who followed him...A powerful exposition of the great ancient Chinese thinkers...Schwartz's vigilance to the particular fragile core of meaning embedded in the ancient texts makes him an acute commentator...Reading this book will keep the reader from simply appropriating 'China'--or the media's image of it--into his own scheme of values.--Thomas D'Evelyn "Christian Science Monitor "

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Examines the development of the philosophy, culture, and civilization of ancient China and discusses the history of Taoism and Confucianism.

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