Chan 1963 provides a
comprehensive coverage and fairly representative selections of all major
philosophers or philosophical schools in Chinese history. The editor provides
succinct introductions for each selection. It is a must-have sourcebook for
scholars who can read only English, even though the old-fashioned Wade-Giles
spelling of Chinese names in this book could create confusion for beginners.
Feng & Bodde 1983 provides a
comprehensive coverage of various schools in the history of Chinese philosophy.
At times, the introduction is packed with quotes, with little analysis. It is
nonetheless an authoritative introduction to this date.
Feng 1948 is not just
an abridgment of Feng & Bodde 1983. Fung wrote this short history with the aim to give
a complete picture of Chinese philosophical history in a nutshell. This book is
far more accessible and interesting than Feng & Bodde 1983. Originally published in New
York: Macmillan, 1948.
Lao Ssu-Kwang勞思光, Xinbian Zhongguo
Zhexue Shi新編中國哲學史. 3 volumes. Guangxi, China: Guanxi shifandaxue
There is no English
translation of this three-volume set. This is a revised version of Lao’s famed History of Chinese Philosophy (Zhongguo zhexue shi 中國哲學史),
originally published in Hong Kong: Youlian chubanshe, 1968. Lao’s History provides detailed logical
analysis of the philosophical problems and theories of all the schools covered
in this book. It is widely referred to by Chinese scholars.
Liu 2006 provides an up-to-date
introduction to Chinese philosophy in the analytic style. In its analysis of
primary texts, it also reflects topics and discourses on Chinese philosophy in
contemporary scholarship in English. The scope of this book covers classical
philosophical schools and four major schools in Chinese Buddhism.