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Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy

by Evan Thompson & Stephen Batchelor Columbia University Press (November 11, 2014)

A renowned philosopher of the mind, also known for his groundbreaking work on Buddhism and cognitive science, Evan Thompson combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep, dreaming, and meditation with Indian...

Between East and West: From Singularity to Community

by Luce Irigaray & Stephen Pluhácek Columbia University Press (March 08, 2002)

With this book we see a philosopher well steeped in the Western tradition thinking through ancient Eastern disciplines, meditating on what it means to learn to breathe, and urging us all at the dawn of a new...

The Resurrected Skeleton: From Zhuangzi to Lu Xun

by Wilt L. Idema Columbia University Press (February 25, 2014)

The Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi (369–286 B.C.E.) encountered a skull that later in a dream praises the pleasures of death over the toil of living. This anecdote became popular with poets in the second and...

Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Traditions

by Jennifer McWeeny & Ashby Butnor Columbia University Press (April 01, 2014)

In this collection of original essays, international scholars put Asian traditions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism, into conversation with one or more contemporary feminist philosophies,...

An Introduction to Daoist Philosophies

by Steve Coutinho Columbia University Press (November 05, 2013)

Steve Coutinho explores in detail the fundamental concepts of Daoist thought as represented in three early texts: the Laozi, the Zhuangzi, and the Liezi. Readers interested in philosophy yet unfamiliar with...

The Art of War: Sun Zi's Military Methods

by Sun Zi & Victor H. Mair Columbia University Press (November 08, 2007)

Compiled during the Warring States period of 475-221 B.C., The Art of War is the first known attempt to formulate a rational basis for the planning and conduct of military operations. Named the #1 translation...

Shizi: China's First Syncretist

by Paul Fischer Columbia University Press (June 19, 2012)

By blending multiple strands of thought into one ideology, Chinese Syncretists of the pre-imperial period created an essential guide to contemporary ideas about society and government. Merging traditions such...

The Philosophy of Qi: The Record of Great Doubts

by Kaibara Ekken & Mary Evelyn Tucker Columbia University Press (March 20, 2007)

Kaibara Ekken (1630-1714) was a prominent Japanese scholar who spread Neo-Confucian ideas and moral teachings throughout Japan. He was also known as the "Aristotle of Japan" for his studies of the natural world....

Xunzi: Basic Writings

by Burton Watson Columbia University Press (May 21, 2003)

Xunzi asserted that the original nature of man is evil, differing on this point from Mencius, his famous predecessor in the Confucian school. In the most complete, well-ordered philosophical system of his day,...

The Moral Fool: A Case for Amorality

by Hans-Georg Moeller Columbia University Press (May 01, 2009)

Justice, equality, and righteousness& mdash;these are some of our greatest moral convictions. Yet in times of social conflict, morals can become rigid, making religious war, ethnic cleansing, and political purges...

Apoha: Buddhist Nominalism and Human Cognition

by Mark Siderits, Tom Tillemans & Arindam Chakrabarti Columbia University Press (September 13, 2011)

hen we understand that something is a pot, is it because of one property that all pots share? This seems unlikely, but without this common essence, it is difficult to see how we could teach someone to use the...

Taming the Wild Horse

by Louis Komjathy Columbia University Press (March 21, 2017)

In thirteenth-century China, a Daoist monk named Gao Daokuan (1195-1277) composed a series of illustrated poems and accompanying verse commentary known as the Daoist Horse Taming Pictures. In this annotated...

Genuine Pretending

by Hans-Georg Moeller & Paul J. D'Ambrosio Columbia University Press (October 17, 2017)

Genuine Pretending is an innovative and comprehensive new reading of the Zhuangzi that highlights the critical and therapeutic functions of satire and humor. Hans-Georg Moeller and Paul J. D’Ambrosio show...

Taking Back Philosophy

by Bryan W. Van Norden & Jay L. Garfield Columbia University Press (November 07, 2017)

Are American colleges and universities failing their students by refusing to teach the philosophical traditions of China, India, Africa, and other non-Western cultures? This biting and provocative critique of...

Han Feizi: Basic Writings

by Burton Watson Columbia University Press (May 14, 2003)

Trenchant, sophisticated, and cynical, Han Feizi has been read in every age and is still of interest today when people are more than ever concerned with the nature and use of power. Han Feizi (280?-233 B.C.),...

Zhuangzi: Basic Writings

by Zhuangzi & Burton Watson Columbia University Press (April 09, 2003)

Only by understanding Dao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can humankind achieve true happiness and freedom, in both life and death. This is the central tenet of the philosophy that was to become...

On Friendship: One Hundred Maxims for a Chinese Prince

by Matteo Ricci & Timothy Billings Columbia University Press (August 01, 2009)

" On Friendship, with its total of one hundred sayings, is the perfect gift for friends."& mdash;Feng Yingjing, renowned scholar and civic official, 1601

Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) is best known as the Italian...

Yoga, Karma, and Rebirth: A Brief History and Philosophy

by Stephen H. Phillips Columbia University Press (May 20, 2009)

For serious yoga practitioners curious to know the ancient origins of the art, Stephen Phillips, a professional philosopher and sanskritist with a long-standing personal practice, lays out the philosophies of...

The Philosophy of the Mòzi: The First Consequentialists

by Chris Fraser Columbia University Press (September 13, 2016)

Mohism was an ancient Chinese philosophical movement founded in the fifth century BCE by the charismatic artisan Mòzi, or “Master Mo.” Its practitioners advanced a consequentialist ethics, along with fascinating...


by Mencius, Irene Bloom, D. C. Lau & Philip J. Ivanhoe Columbia University Press (September 01, 2009)

Known throughout East Asia as Mengzi, or "Master Meng," Mencius (391-308 B.C.E.) was a Chinese philosopher of the late Zhou dynasty, an instrumental figure in the spread of the Confucian tradition, and a brilliant...

Record of Daily Knowledge and Collected Poems and Essays: Selections

by Yanwu Gu & Ian Johnston Columbia University Press (November 08, 2016)

Gu Yanwu pioneered the late-Ming and early Qing-era practice of Han Learning, or Evidential Learning, favoring practical over theoretical approaches to knowledge. He strongly encouraged scholars to return to...

Realizing Awakened Consciousness: Interviews with Buddhist Teachers and a New Perspective on the Mind

by Richard P. Boyle Columbia University Press (June 02, 2015)

If, as Buddhism claims, the potential for awakening exists in all human beings, we should be able to map the phenomenon with the same science we apply to other forms of consciousness. A student of cognitive...

Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

by Christine Vitrano, Steven M. Cahn & Robert Talisse Columbia University Press (June 09, 2015)

How should we evaluate the success of each person’s life? Countering the prevalent philosophical perspective on the subject, Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano defend the view that our well-being is dependent...

Families of Virtue: Confucian and Western Views on Childhood Development

by Erin M. Cline Columbia University Press (April 28, 2015)

Families of Virtue reads a range of thinkers and scientists, from ancient Greek and Chinese philosophers to contemporary feminist ethicists and attachment theorists, to articulate the critical role of the parent-child...