I went into this book knowing little more about Chinese philosophy than a handful of “old Confucious say…” jokes. Reading this book expanded my horizons a great deal although my lack of knowledge of Chinese history impeded me somewhat in my understanding.
Overall, one of the more enlightening things was the whole question of whether philosophy is inherently a Western endeavor and was it imposing an alien framework on Chinese philosophy to even call it such. It reminded me a bit of reading God Is not One which made a similar point about Eastern religions and how the whole question of what religion was about was a different matter between East and West. There are a handful of primary sources that I’d like to dig deeper into on this. Perhaps once the Dewey Decimal project has come to an end, I’ll do just that.
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