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Disputers of the Tao : philosophical argument in ancient China / A.C. Graham.

By: Graham, A. C. (Angus Charles)Publication details: La Salle, Ill. : Open Court, c1989. Description: x, 502 p. : ill. ; 24 cmISBN: 0812690885Subject(s): Taoism | Philosophy, Chinese
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Includes indexes.

Bibliography: p. [447]-467.

Introduction I The breakdown of the world order decreed by Heaven -- A conservative reaction: Confucius -- A radical reaction: Mo-tzu -- Retreat to private life: the Yangists -- Idealisation of the small community: the utopia of Shen-nung -- The sharpening of rational debate: the Sophists -- The discovery of subjectivity: Sung Hsing II From social to metaphysical crisis: heaven parts from man -- From Confucius to Mencius: morality grounded in man's nature as generated by heaven -- From Mo-tzu to later Mohism: morality re-grounded in rational utility -- From Yangism to Chuang-tzu's Taoism: reconciliation with heaven by return to spontaneity III Heaven and man go their own ways -- Lao-tsu's Taoism: the art of ruling by spontaneity -- Hsun-tzu's Confucianism: morality as man's invention to control his nature -- Legalism: an amoral science of statecraft -- Two political heresies IV The reunification of the empire and of heaven and man -- The cosmologists -- Syncretism and the victory of Confucianism Appendix1: Classification of Chinese moral philosophies in terms of the quasi-syllogism Appendix2: The relation of Chinese thought to Chinese language.

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