Handbook of the History of Logical Thought in China

Aim and Scope
To provide (in English) a systematic overview and summary of research results concerning the history of logical thoughts in China, in order to

  1. build a bridge between researchers working primarily in Chinese and those working primarily in English, and
  2. offer new research directions.

The book will be organized both by historical period and by topics. Authors will be drawn from researchers in the mainland of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other countries worldwide.

Publisher: Springer Verlag

General Editors

  • Liu Fenrong    Tsinghua University,Beijing
  • Jeremy Seligman    The University of Auckland
  • Zhai Jincheng    Nankai University,Tianjin

Advisory Board

  • Cheng Chung-Ying    The University of Hawaii
  • Cui Qingtian    Nankai University, Tianjin
  • Dong Zhitie    Beijing Normal University, Beijing
  • Chad Hansen    The University of Hong Kong
  • Christoph Harbsmeier    The University of Oslo
  • Li Xiankun    Hubei University,Wuhan
  • Lin Zhenghong    National Taiwan University
  • Liu Peiyu    Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing
  • Qi Shunlai    Qinghai Minzu University
  • Shen Jianying    East China Normal University, Shanghai
  • Sun Zhongyuan    Chinese Renmin University, Beijing
  • Johan van Benthem    The University of Amsterdam / Stanford University
  • Zhang Jialong    Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing
  • Zhou Yunzhi    Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing

Preliminary Structure
General Introduction: An overview of the Handbook stating the aims of the project, the extent to which they were realised, any shortcomings, and a brief introduction to each part of the book.

Part One: The history of logical thought in China. The uneven distribution of interest in logical thought in China makes a strictly chronological treatment difficult. We currently plan to have four sections:

  • Logical thought in China in the pre-Qin period. (9-14 chapters)
  • Logical thought in the Chinese tradition from Qin to Qing. (2-4 chapters)
  •  Introduction and influence of Buddhist logic in China. (3-4 chapters)
  •  Introduction and influence of Western logic in China. (3-4 chapters)

Part Two: Topics in the study of the history of logical thought in China.
Within this part, the Handbook will cover topics that are not easily addressed within a particular historical period. There will be two divisions:

  • General topics regarding logical thought in China. (5-10 chapters)
  •  Contact with other areas of thought in China. (2-6 chapters)

Part Three: General comparisons between logical thought in China and elsewhere.
The final part of the Handbook will consist of chapters giving a general overview or reflection on logical thought in China, of a comparative nature. Topics to be addressed will depend to a large extent on the available authors but we would like some to address general considerations of methodology, the cohesiveness of the field, and potential future directions. This part will consist of a single division, and shorter chapters.

Liu Fenrong
EMAIL: fenrong@tsinghua.edu.cn
Jeremy Seligman
EMAIL: j.seligman@auckland.ac.nz
Zhai Jincheng
EMAIL: zhaijc@nankai.edu.cn

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