Neo-Confucian philosophy

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G004-1
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References and further reading

  • Birdwhistell, A.D. (1989) Transition to Neo-Confucianism, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

    (An intellectual historical account of Shao Yong and his thought with philosophical sensibility.)

  • Black, A.H. (1989) Man and Nature in the Philosophical Thought of Wang Fu-chih, Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.

    (An intellectual historical account of Wang Fuzhi and his thought.)

  • Chan Wing-tsit (1963) A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (Selective translations and brief introductions of most of the major neo-Confucian thinkers.)

  • Chan Wing-tsit (1963) Instructions for Practical Living and Other Neo-Confucian Writings by Wang Yang-ming, New York: Columbia University Press.

    (A translation of Wang’s most important works.)

  • Chan Wing-tsit (1986) Chu Hsi and Neo-Confucianism, Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press.

    (An anthology of essays on Zhu Xi and his thought. Note in particular Graham’s contribution.)

  • Elman, B. (1984) From Philosophy to Philology, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

    (An insightful historical account of the cultural and institutional context of Qing Dynasty Confucians.)

  • Ewell, J.W., Jr (1990) Reinventing the Way: Dai Zhen’s Evidential Commentary on the Meanings of Terms in Mencius (1777), Ph.D. dissertation, University of California at Berkeley.

    (The best translation of Dai Zhen’s most important work; includes a long introduction.)

  • Gardner, D.K. (1990) Learning to be a Sage: Selections from the Conversations of Master Chu, Arranged Topically, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

    (Translation with commentary of selections from Zhu Xi’s works.)

  • Graham, A.C. (1992) Two Chinese Philosophers, La Salle, IL: Open Court.

    (The best study available on the Cheng brothers, containing many translated passages. Philosophically astute though it does not demonstrate a full appreciation of the role played by Buddhist and Daoist philosophy).

  • Huang Siu-chi (1977) Lu Hsiang-shan: A Twelfth Century Chinese Idealist Philosopher, Westport, CT: Hyperion Press.

    (A brief and quite dated study of Lu Xiangshan’s thought. Still useful.)

  • Ivanhoe, P.J. (1990) Ethics in the Confucian Tradition: The Thought of Mencius and Wang Yang-ming, Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press.

    (A comparative study that seeks to provide a philosophical introduction to the thought of both Mencius and Wang which illustrates the contrasts as well as the continuities between them.)

  • Ivanhoe, P.J. (1993) Confucian Moral Self-cultivation, Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

    (A study of the origin and development of this characteristically Chinese philosophical concern in the Confucian tradition. Chapters 4–6 are devoted to Zhu Xi, Wang Yangming and Dai Zhen.)

  • Kasoff, I.E. (1984) The Thought of Chang Tsai (1020–1077), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (A sinological study of Zhang Zai.)

  • Metzger, T.A. (1977) Escape From Predicament, New York: Columbia University Press.

    (An insightful study of neo-Confucianism. One of the few works that shows the proper appreciation of their metaphysical commitments and the relationship of these to their ethical views.)

  • Nivison, D.S. (1973) ‘Moral Decision in Wang Yang-ming: The Problem of Chinese “existentialism”’ Philosophy East and West 23: 121–138.

    (A very helpful study demonstrating that there are at best thin similarities between Wang and Western existentialists.)

  • Tu Weiming (1976) Neo-Confucian Thought in Action: Wang Yang-Ming’s Youth (1472–1509), Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

    (A detailed historical study of Wang Yangming’s early life and his struggle to attain sagehood.)

Citing this article:
Ivanhoe, Philip J.. Bibliography. Neo-Confucian philosophy, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G004-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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