Chinese Intellectual History

An Extended Bibliography

Source Books

Chan, Wing-tsit, ed. A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1963.

Ivanhoe, P. J. and Bryan W. Van Norden, eds. Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2003.

Csikszentmihalyi, Mark, ed. Readings in Han Chinese Thought. Indianapolis and Cambridge: Hackett, 2006.

Justin Tiwald and Bryan Van Norden, eds. Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy: Han to the 20th Century. Indianapolis and Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, 2014.

Ivanhoe, P. J. Readings from the Lu-Wang School of Neo-Confucianism. Indianapolis and Cambridge: Hackett, 2009.

Owen, Stephen. Readings in Chinese Literary Thought. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992.

Early Texts

Lynn, Richard John. The Classic of Changes: A New Translation of the I Ching as Interpreted by Wang Bi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.

Shaughnessy, Edward L. I Ching: The Classic of Changes. New York: Ballantine Books, 1997.

Palmer, Martin, trans. Confucius: The Most Venerable Book (Shang Shu). London: Penguin, 2014.

Karlgren, Bernhard, trans. The Book of Odes. Stockholm: Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, 1950.

Waley, Arthur. The Book of Songs: The Ancient Chinese Classic of Poetry. New York: Grove, 1996.

Durrant, Stephen, Wai-yee Li, and David Schaberg, trans. Zuo Tradition Zuozhuan: Commentary on the "Spring and Autumn Annals." Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2020.

Miller, Harry. The Gongyang Commentary on the Spring and Autumn Annals: A Full Translation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Rosemont, Henry and Roger Ames. The Chinese Classic of Family Reverence: A Philosophical Translation of the Xiaojing. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2009.

Johnston, Ian and Wang Ping. Daxue and Zhongyong. Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2012.

Ames, Roger T. and Henry Rosemont, trans. The Analects of Confucius: A Philosophical Translation. New York: Ballantine Books, 1998.

Nylan, Michael, ed. Confucius: The Analects. New York and London: W. W. Norton, 2014.

Van Norden, Bryan trans. Mengzi: With Selections from Traditional Commentaries. Indianapolis and Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, 2008.

Hutton, Eric, trans. Xunzi: The Complete Text. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016.

Rickett, W. Allyn, trans. Guanzi: Political, Economic, and Philosophical Essays from Early China. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985-1998.

Pines, Yuri, trans. The Book of Lord Shang: Apologetics of State Power in Early China. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017.

Watson, Burton, trans. Han Fei Tzu: Basic Writings. N. Y.: Columbia University Press, 1964.

Fraser, Chris, trans. The Essential Mozi: Ethical, Political, and Dialectical Writings. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.

Minford, John, trans. Tao Te Ching (Daodejing): The Tao and the Power. New York: Viking, 2018.

Ziporyn, Brook, trans. The Complete Zhuangzi. Indianapolis: Hackett Publications, 2020.

Graham, A. C., trans. The Book of Lieh-tzu. London: John Murray, 1961.

Middle Period Texts

Henricks, Robert G. Philosophy and Argumentation in Third-Century China: The Essays of Hsi K’ang. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983.

Campany, Robert Ford. To Live as Long as Heaven and Earth: A Translation and Study of Ge Hong's Traditions of Divine Transcendents. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2002.

Hakeda, Yoshito S., trans. The Awakening of Faith: Attributed to Asvaghosha. New York: Columbia University Press, 1967.

Watson, Burton, trans. The Lotus Sutra. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.

Watson, Burton, trans. The Vimalakirti Sutra. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.

Broughton, Jeffrey L., trans. Zongmi on Chan. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

Ebrey, Patricia Buckley, trans. Chu Hsi’s Family Rituals: A Twelfth-Century Chinese Manual for the Performance of Cappings, Weddings, Funerals, and Ancestral Rites. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.

Late Imperial Texts

Kelleher, M. Theresa, trans. The Journal of Wu Yubi: The Path to Sagehood. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2013.

Bloom, Irene. trans. Knowledge Painfully Acquired: The Kun-chih chi by Lo Ch’in-shun. New York: Columbia University Press, 1987.

Chan, Wing-tsit, trans. Instructions for Practical Living, and Other Neo-Confucian Writings. New York: Columbia University Press, 1963.

Ching, Julia, trans. The Philosophical Letters of Wang Yang-ming. Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1972.

Ching, Julia, trans. The Records of Ming Scholars. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1987.

Handler-Spitz, Rebecca, trans. A Book to Burn and a Book to Keep (Hidden): Selected Writings. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.

De Bary, Wm. Theodore. Waiting for the Dawn: A Plan for the Prince. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.

Chin, Ann-ping and Mansfield Freeman, trans. Tai Chen on Mencius: Explorations in Words and Meaning. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1990.

Commentary Tradition

Shaughnessy, Edward L. Before Confucius: Studies in the Creation of the Chinese Classics. Albany: SUNY Press, 1998.

Shaughnessy, Edward L. Unearthing the Changes: Recently Discovered Manuscripts of the Yi Jing (I Ching) and related texts. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.

Peterson, Willard J. “Making Connections: ‘Commentary on The Attached Verbalizations’ of The Book of Change.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, vol. 42, no. 1 (1982): 67-116.

Hon, Tze-Ki. The Yijing and Chinese Politics: Classical Commentary and Literati Activism in the Northern Song Period, 960-1127. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005.

Nylan, Michael. The Shifting Center: The Original “Great Plan” and Later Readings. Nettetal: Steyler Verlag, 1992.

Hunter, Michael. The Poetics of Early Chinese Thought: How the Shijing Shaped the Chinese Philosophical Tradition. New York : Columbia University Press, 2021.

Van Zoeren, Steven. Poetry and Personality: Reading, Exegesis, and Hermeneutics in Traditional China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1991.

Elman, Benjamin A. and Kern, Martin, edited. Statecraft and Classical Learning: The Rituals of Zhou in East Asian History. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009.

Queen, Sarah A. From Chronicle to Canon: The Hermeneutics of the Spring and Autumn, According to Tung Chung-shu. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Van Auken, Newell Ann. The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016.

Nylan, Michael. The Five “Confucian” Classics. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.

Honey, David M. A History of Chinese Classical Scholarship. Washington: Academica Press, 2021.

Makeham, John. Transmitters and Creators: Chinese Commentators and Commentaries on the Analects. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2003.

Zhao, Lu. In Pursuit of the Great Peace: Han Dynasty Classicism and the Making of Early Medieval Literati Culture. Albany : SUNY Press, 2019.

Henderson, John. Scripture, Canon, and Commentary: A Comparison of Confucian and Western Exegesis. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.

Bender, Lucas Rambo. “The Corrected Interpretations of the Five Classics (Wujing zhengyi) and the Tang Legacy of Obscure Learning (Xuanxue).” T'oung Pao, vol. 105, no. 1-2 (2019): 76-127.

Defoort, Carine and Nicholas Standaert. The Mozi as an Evolving Text: Different Voices in Early Chinese Thought. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013.

Wagner, Rudolf G. The Craft of a Chinese Commentator: Wang Bi on the Laozi. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000.

Yu, Shiyi. Reading the Chuang-tzu in the T'ang Dynasty: The Commentary of Chʻeng Hsüan-ying (fl. 631-652). New York: Peter Lang, 2000.

Wu, Jiang and Lucille Chia, eds. Spreading Buddha's Word in East Asia: The Formation and Transformation of the Chinese Buddhist Canon. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.

Sharf, Robert H. Coming to Terms with Chinese Buddhism: A Reading of the Treasure Store Treatise. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2002.

Teiser, Stephen. The Scripture on the Ten Kings and the Making of Purgatory in Medieval Chinese Buddhism. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1994.

Overmyer, Daniel L.  Precious Volumes: An Introduction to Chinese Sectarian Scriptures from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 1999.