Review: A. C. Graham's Disputers of the Tao and Some Recent Works in English on Chinese Thought
Posted on 25. May, 2009 by James Miller
|Title||Review: A. C. Graham's Disputers of the Tao and Some Recent Works in English on Chinese Thought|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1992|
|Journal||Journal of the American Oriental Society|
A. C. Graham has produced a new history of Chinese thought during the classical period, emphasizing the role of argument and debate, that is both stimulating and controversial. After looking at terminology and language we attempt to follow Graham in his encounters with the role of logic, Mo Ti, Confucius, Mencius, Hsün-tzu, the Taoists, the "Yangists," Lao-tzu, the Legalists, and the Chou Yi. The reviewer takes issue with Graham's use of terms such as "proto-science," "proto-logic," and "quasi-syllogism," but the book itself is a remarkable contribution to sinology.