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The World of Thought in Ancient China Paperback – 14 Apr 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0674961913 ISBN-10: 0674961919 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press; 1 edition (15 March 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674961919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674961913
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 635 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,118 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. GrahamTimes Literary SupplementWith 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. PetersonNew York Times Book Review 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'EvelynChristian Science Monitor 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

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Benjamin I. Schwartz was Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science, Emeritus, at Harvard University.

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