This book presents a panoramic and extensive exploration of Chinese political philosophy, examining key political problems of the past, and the thinkers who addressed them. As the reader will discover, China's traditional political philosophy is one with distinctive national characteristics and ideals. Therefore, the book helps to clarify the evolution of Chinese political thought, while also investigating fundamental political issues throughout the country's history. The book offers a unique resource for researchers and graduate students in the fields of political science, philosophy, and history, as well as ordinary readers who are interested in China's traditional and political culture.
Shiwei Zhang works in the School of Politics and Public Administration of Northwest University of Political Science and Law. He is the academic leader of the first-level discipline, the leader of the second-level discipline of political science theory, the leader of the Master's Tutor Group in Political Science Theory, the first young outstanding teacher of Northwest University of Political Science and Law, Deputy Secretary General of the Chinese Political Society, and Secretary General of the Shaanxi Provincial Political Society. He mainly studies political theory and Chinese political thought and presided over the completion of the National Social Science Fund Project "Logical Deduction of Chinese Traditional Political Philosophy," and the appraisal conclusion was excellent; the academic monograph: The limit of people oriented - The New Theory of Huang Zongxi's Political Thought won the third prize of the eighth outstanding achievement of philosophy and social science in Shaanxi Province. The Basic Theory of Political Science and The Inner Logic of Chinese Traditional Political Philosophy won the first prize of outstanding scientific research achievements of Shaanxi Political Society.
Introduction.- Germination and embryonic form: Yin Shang and Western Zhou's Political and Philosophical Concepts.- Contention of a Hundred Schools of Thought:the Convergence of the Multiple Perspectives and Purpose of the Pre-Qin Philosophers.- The Discourse on the Natural and Human Spheres of Being: The Reorganization of Concepts and the Systematization of Political Thought in the Two Han Dynasties.- The Substance of Personality: Humanity's Awakening and the Sculpting of the Ideal Personality in Politics.- Role Paradigms: The Value of Putting People First and Reflection on the Roles of Ruler and Minister.- The Ethical Constitution: Confucian Rationalism's Consistent Linking of Constitution and Personality in the Two Song Dynasties.- Utilitarian Confucianism: The Appeal of "Kingliness Without" from the Perspective of the Barbarians (Yi), and the Chinese (Xia).- People-oriented perspective and Yi Xia:Political Anxiety and Political Concepts in the Ming Dynasty.- Criticism and Statecraft: Extreme Heights, and the Wane of Traditional Political Philosophy in the Early and Middle Qing Dynasty.