Chinese Philosophy

Chenyang Li

in The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195328998
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Chinese Philosophy


The history of Chinese philosophical thinking is described here. The concepts developed in Chinese philosophical thinking are then outlined, concepts such as heaven, virtue, the Way, the unavoidable, vital force, yin and yang, centrality, and harmony. The importance of the Shang period is highlighted. The very important notion of dao (the appropriate way in the world) is introduced and described in detail. Chinese philosophy is characterized by a this-worldly, humanistic emphasis, this text states. Finally the history of Chinese philosophy is divided into four periods, each one detailed in turn.

Keywords: Chinese philosophical thinking; yin and yang; dao; Shang period; virtue; heaven

Article.  1807 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy

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