Chinese Thought: From Confucius to Cook Ding - Pelican Books (Paperback)
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Chinese Thought: From Confucius to Cook Ding - Pelican Books (Paperback)

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Paperback 512 Pages / Published: 06/02/2020
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Shortlisted for the PEN Hessel-Tiltman Prize

'A terrific book, rich and endlessly thought provoking. . . If you are looking for one book to understand the core ideas of Chinese civilisation, read this' - Michael Wood


An engrossing history of ancient Chinese philosophy and culture from an eminent Cambridge expert

We are often told that the twenty-first century is bound to become China's century. Never before has Chinese culture been so physically, digitally, economically or aesthetically present in everyday Western life. But how much do we really know about its origins and key beliefs? How did the ancient Chinese think about the world?

In this enlightening book, Roel Sterckx, one of the foremost experts in Chinese thought, takes us through centuries of Chinese history, from Confucius to Daoism to the Legalists. The great questions that have occupied China's brightest minds were not about who and what we are, but rather how we should live our lives, how we should organise society and how we can secure the well-being of those who live with us and for whom we carry responsibility.

With evocative examples from philosophy, literature and everyday life, Sterckx shows us how the ancient Chinese have shaped the thinking of a civilization that is now influencing our own.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141984834
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 293 g
Dimensions: 181 x 111 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
At a time in current affairs when understanding China and the Chinese mindset has become imperative, Chinese Thought brilliantly shows us the origin of that country's thinking -- Alexander Watson * BBC: History Magazine Books of the Year *
A terrific book, rich and endlessly thought provoking. Roel Sterckx is a delightfully engaging and informed travelling companion who gives us a wonderful overview of Chinese thought. If you are looking for one book to understand the core ideas of Chinese civilisation, read this -- Michael Wood, author of The Story of China
We have been waiting for this book for too long. For centuries, the real China has been locked in a distant castle by both the western media and Chinese propaganda. If you are curious about the origin of China's yin and yang, if you want to know more about the roots of Chinese philosophy, if you want to know how to do business with the Chinese, if you want to gain insight into Chinese art, or even if you want to understand the mentality of Chinese people, this book will answer these questions for you. Roel Sterckx's book can be the key to opening that Chinese castle's gate, and help you to understand how Chinese life has taken shape from Confucius to the food menus of today -- Xinran Xue, author of Sky Burial, The Good Women of China, and China Witness
An outstanding introduction to the world of thought in classical China. Engagingly written and beautifully argued. . . an invaluable work for anyone interested in exploring the key ideas and concerns that have animated so much of Chinese civilization -- Michael Puett, author of The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life
An indispensable read for those keen to understand China past and present. Sterckx's journey through the complex world of Chinese thinking is thorough, clear, accessible, articulate and fascinating. I will be recommending this book to my students, colleagues and friends alike -- Michael Scott, author of Ancient Worlds
Ever wondered why Chinese have valued ritual more than law, harmony more than personal accomplishment? In this engagingly-written book, Roel Sterckx makes these and other central elements in Chinese thought easy to understand and interesting to think about -- Patricia B. Ebrey, professor of history, University of Washington

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