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Chinese Philosophy

A Guide to Personal Excellence and Social Harmony by: Dr. R. Lekshmi Ramakrishna Iyer

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ISBN: 9788194622147
Year Of Publication: 2022
Edition: 1st
Pages : xiv, 106
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography, Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Shakti Publications
Foreword By : Dr. V.N. Seshagiri Rao
Size: 22
Weight: 345

Overview

Chinese philosophy is highly unique in its profound sense of moral thinking. The fundamental thesis of Chinese thinking is interdependence and mutual relationships between entities, human and natural. For great thinkers like Confucius and Lao zi a human being is a relatively constituted and situated self. What is important in social living is correlative thinking and resonance, complementary approach to differences, action guiding nature of judgment and the effective appropriation of naturalness and spontaneity in the interrelations between individuals, human beings and nature. The book is a prelude to study the significance of personal excellence and social harmony embedded in Chinese philosophical tradition.

Contents

Foreword 
Preface 
1. Introduction 
Historical Background of Chinese Philosophy
The Major Schools of Chinese Philosophy
Salient Features of Chinese Philosophy
Self-Cultivation
Understanding the self-Relationships and Contexts
Conceptions of Harmony
Conceptions of Change
The Philosophy of the Yijing (The Book of Changes)
The Method of Chinese Philosophy
2. A Moral Propriety for Personal Excellence 
Confucian Concepts for Personal Excellence
Ren
Ren as Love
Ren: the Golden Rule
Ren: the Cultivation of Special Relationships
Ren as Ethical Wisdom
Li: Behavioural Prosperity
Ren and Li
Ren Is Fundamental
Ren and Li Are Interdependent Concepts
Human Nature
Daoist Principles for Personal Excellence
Note
3. A Moral Propriety for Social Harmony 
Li and Te
Zhengming
Li (Appropriate Behaviour) and Fa (Standards and Penal Law)
Zhengming: Regulating Society with Prescribed Titles
Mohist Philosophy of Maximizing the Collective Good
Confucius and the Problem of Naturalness
Role of Tradition and Community in the Formation of Personality
Wu-wei and Government
The Ethics of Ziran and Wu-wei
Shu: The Technique of Managing the Bureaucracy
Democratic Principles in Chinese Philosophy
Note
4. Conclusion 
Bibliography 
Index 

Meet the Author
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Dr. R. Lekshmi is presently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Kerala. She has a good number of research articles published to her credit including a book on Humanism of Vivekananda and an edited work on the Philosophy Perspectives of Hermenecuties. She has product several Ph.D’s and currently she is undertaking a research project sponsored by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi.
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