Disputers of the Tao: philosophical argument in ancient China. Front Cover. Angus Charles Graham. Open Court, – Philosophy – pages. Buy Disputers of the Tao: Philosophical Argument in Ancient China Sixth Printing by A.C. Graham (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday. A Review of Disputers of the Tao: Philosophic Argument in Ancient. China. By A. C. Graham. La Salle, Illinois: Open Court Publishing. Co., Pp.

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Graham’s dating of the text into question, his bottom line that the Lao Tzu may have been written after the Chuang Tzu, may still be accurate.

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The author narrates all the different currents and thinkers of the Axial Age relating them to how the view the central concept of Dao. Or breadth of Graham’s knowledge is astounding, engaging in textual criticism of year-old bamboo strips two pages after faithfully summarizing Kant’s concept of Being, and translating with equal force the rigorous logic of the Mohist Canons as well as the paradoxical poetry of the Chuang-tzu Zhuangzi.

Account Options Sign in. It is therefore very frustrating to find Lightman concluding that the credibility and popularization of agnosticism did not survive the destruction of the Victorian age by the new physics and by the revolt disputsrs positivism.

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But it is also an aggravating work. He was a Fellow of the British Academy. LPenting rated it really liked it Jun 21, Michelle rated it liked it Sep 16, lf Kuro Ookami Ookami rated it it was amazing Feb 10, Infinite reality, rather than personal reality, is the topic and it is represented rather than defined by the logo “Tao”.


In my Chinese History class with Patricia Ebrey last fall one of the readings she gave us was from A. The topic is thoroughly and lucidly handled, succeeding as both an introduction for non-specialists and a touchstone for anyone currently working in the field.

It fhe full of quotations, all done as original translations for this book. Words may be used to communicate, but the definiteness of our words AND sense perceptions, define our own reality so closely that we devalue reality beyond ourselves. On page 84 of my Open Court paperback issue, Mr.

So before I even started I had a soft spot for him. Maria rated it it was amazing Jun 28, Open CourtDec 15, – Philosophy – pages.

Disputers of the Tao: Philosophical Argument in Ancient China

Return to Book Page. Graham divides his discussion into four major parts, dealing with the changing relationships between heaven a sky diety, sometimes the sky or nature itself and the world of human beings. The book is steeped in Chinese history. When you combine this visual with the preceding lines about how “desire accords a view off its surface”, I dksputers this as a summary that demonstrates how the dark red of a sunset sky in the dispyters is reflected off the surface or water thereby concealing the water’s own depth and clarity.


Accepting that humans had become separated from the Way, these thinkers adopted a new kind of pragmatism and, in different ways, all addressed the problem of names and reality. I loved it as it was the first explanation of Taoism that I’d read. The book is a disupters read to figure out how it all happened grew and changed and what people were trying to say.

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It is the rare kind of book that will be used as a standard text in introductory courses and be regularly consulted and cited by specialists working in the field. Mar 18, Paul Gibson rated it really liked it. Contact Contact Us Help. Elon rated it really liked it May 31, Open Preview See a Problem?

Browse related items Start at call number: This I think was very valuable to understanding the philosophy he was talking about. Let me take issue with what I regard as an important point made within this informative, well researched book: For anyone interested in the affinities between ancient Chinese and modern Western philosophy, there is no better introduction”.