Bol 2008 takes an intellectual historical
approach to Neo-Confucianism. It is useful for readers who want to know the
historical background of Neo-Confucianism.
Cheng, Chung-ying. New
Dimensions of Confucian and Neo-Confucian Philosophy. Albany, NY: SUNY
This book is a collection of essays by the
author, who has been plowing the field for many years and is instrumental in
promoting Chinese philosophy in the West. These essays were written over a span
of twenty years from 1965 to 1985. Part III of this book contains seven sophisticated
papers on key thinkers such as Zhu Xi and Wang Yangming. The final essay, a
comparative study on Neo-Confucianism and A. N. Whitehead’s process philosophy,
led an important direction for comparative philosophy.
De Bary 1981, written by a distinguished
historian de Bary, contains three essays.
The first essay explains the historical and political background of
neo-Confucianism in the Yuan dynasty. The second essay analyzes how
neo-Confucian orthodoxy was established and fortified. The final essay traces the intellectual
history of neo-Confucian orthodoxy in Tokugawa Japan. This book is probably of
interest only to scholars of intellectual history.
Liu 1998 provides a general introduction to Confucianism, and Part II
deals specifically with Neo-Confucianism. The analysis is accessible but
Makeham 2010: This collection
contains comprehensive essays that devote to the following Neo-Confucians: Zhou
Dunyi, Shao Yong, Zhang Zai, Cheng Yi, Cheng Hao, Hu Hong, Zhang Shi, Zhu Xi,
Lu Zuqian, Chen Chun, Lu Xiangshan, Wang Yangming, Liu Zongzhou, Wang Fuzhi, Li
Guangdi and Dai Zhen. Each chapter provides solid introduction to the
philosopher covered. Individual chapters will not be mentioned separately in
the following bibliography.