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Chinese and Comparative Philosophy 中國哲學與比較哲學

A New Book Series: Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy

A New Book Series Published by Springer

Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy

Series Editor: Huang Yong

Purpose

While ‘‘philosophy’’ is a Western term, it is not something exclusively Western. In this increasingly global world, the importance of non-Western philosophy becomes more and more obvious. Among all the non-Western traditions, Chinese philosophy is certainly one of the richest. In a history of more than 2500 years, many extremely important classics, philosophers, and schools have been produced. As China is becoming an economical power today, it is only natural that more and more people become interested in learning about the cultural tradition, including the philosophical tradition, of China.

The Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy series aims to provide the most comprehensive and most updated introduction to various aspects of Chinese philosophy as well as philosophy heavily influenced by Chinese philosophy. Each volume in this series focuses on an individual school, text, or person.

Volumes Published or under Contract

The first volume in the series, Dao Companion to Neo-Confucian Philosophy, edited by John Makeham, has been published.

Other volumes under contract:

Dao Companion to Classical Confucian Philosophy, edted by Vincent Shen;

Dao Companion to Daoist Philosophy, edited by Liu Xiaogan;

Dao Companion to Chinese Buddhist Philosophy, edted by Sandra Wawrykto;

Dao Companion to Japanese Confucian Philosophy, edited by John Tucker and Huang Chun-chieh;

Dao Companion to Japanese Buddhist Philosophy, edited by Gereon Kopf;

Dao Companion to Korean Confucian Philosophy; edited by Young-chan Ro;

Dao Companion to Hanfeizi’s Philosophy, edited by Paul Goldin

Dao Companion to Xunzi’s Philosophy, edited by Eric Hutton

Promotion: eBook and MyCopy

eBook: Springer publishes an eBook version alongside the print edition. eBooks are sold in packages to the academic library world, and volumes in this series are included in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Book Package. If your library is a subscriber to this Package, your staff and students will be able to make use of the content of our eBooks. You and your students may download pdf of chapters and teachers can in this way make use of material for classroom. As Springer does count the downloads of eBook and uses it as a success measure, you are advised to ask your students to each download the volumes, instead of sending them the pdf yourself.

MyCopy: Perhaps you are interested to learn more about the Springer project called MyCopy, which will enable patrons of the academic libraries who subscribes to Springer eBook packages to purchase a softcover volume at a very reasonable price. MyCopy is a new and unique feature in Springer’s eBook collection that offers eBook users the possibility to obtain a printed soft cover version of the eBook they are interested in. MyCopy can be ordered for personal use only by researchers, scientists and students who have access to an eBook collection through their library. Each MyCopy book is available to them for $24.95. It primarily aims to give eBook users more flexibility when reading and accessing the information they are looking for.

September 3rd, 2010 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 8 comments

8 Responses to A New Book Series: Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy

  1. Manyul Im says:

    Yong Huang, this looks really great. Any estimate for when the Classical Confucianism volume will be published?

  2. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    Will this appear in an “affordable” paperback format?

  3. Yong Huang says:

    They agreed to print paperbacks for classroom use after the hardcover is published for a while when we initially agreed on the project. I hope they will not change their mind after they started the program called “MyCopy” mentioned in my orginal message. I shall follow this up.

  4. I definately want (at least) the one on Daoist Philosophy, but won’t be forking out $230 for it. I find it odd that Xunzi gets his own companion, as I assume he’s well covered in the Classical Confucianism book. And Hanfeizi? I’d rather see one on Legalism, including explorations of Shang Yang and Shen Buhai.

    • Yong Huang says:

      Volumes in the companion series can be as broad as to the whole Chinese philosophy and as narrow as to a specific text. There are thus many different layers in terms of the scope. There will be individual volumes devoted to the Analects, the Mencius, the Daodejing, Zhu Xi, Wang Yangning, etc. And it’s possible also to have a volume on Legalism as a whole. In terms of price, it is indeed expensive, even for a volume of 500 pages or more. I’ll still try to have them publish the paperbacks. If any of your universities subscribes Springer’s eBook package, of course you can have a copy of MyCopy of the book in softcover for less than $25 even now. HUANG Yong, Ph.D. and Th.D. Editor, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy Professor of Philosophy, Kutztown University Kutztown, PA 19530, USA Tel: 610-683-4556; Fax: 610-683-4738 http://www.kutztown.edu/academics/liberal_arts/philosophy/dao.htm

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