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HISTORY OF CHINESE PHILOSOPHY
     
 
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The history of Chinese philosophy can be interesting, and can also lead to a greater understanding of Daoism and how the various ideologies developed and related to each other.

I have to say that when I first started reading about the different philosophies in ancient China it was frustrating and a little depressing. I had always looked at Daoism as a free-flowing philosophy, and when I read about what was going on in China at the time the Dao De Jing was written, I came to think that the Dao De Jing was just another "manual for ruling a country."

However, I believe that Laozi's thoughts went much deeper than that. Although the historians tend to dump all of the philosophies of ancient China into a generic barrel and attempt to define Laozi by the thoughts of others who lived at approximately the same time in history, I still think Laozi was way ahead of the others.

Reading about the history of Chinese philosophy can be informative if viewed from an independent mind.

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The following is only a list of books in my library. There are links below each book to pages where you can find more information on the book and purchase it if desired.


A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy
by Wing-Tsit Chan
This massive book cover the entire development of Chinese philosophy from pre-Confucianism to modern times.
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A History of Chinese Philosophy, Vol. 1 (The period of the Philosophers [from the beginnings to circa 100 B.C.])
by Fung Yu-lan
Volume 1 of Yu-lanís treatise deals with the time period in ancient China in which Daoism was first conceived by Laozi and Zhuangzi.
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A Short History of Chinese Philosophy (A Systematic Account of Chinese Thought From its Origins to the Present Day)
by Fung Yu-lan
This book is an abridgment of Yu-Lanís entire treatise included in A History of Chinese Philosophy Volume 1 and Volume 2.
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Records of the Grand Historian (Qin Dynasty)
by Sima Qian
This book doesnít include much about Chinese philosophy, but it gives a historical record of the names of the rulers and the dates of their reign in the Qin Dynasty.
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