Journal of World Philosophies 4 (2):163-165 (2019)

Ann A. Pang-White
University of Scranton
What is the role of pleasure in Chinese intellectual traditions? Do Chinese thinkers shun all desire for pleasure? Contrary to received opinion, The Chinese Pleasure Book illustrates and argues that early Chinese thinkers across traditions, from the fourth century BCE to the eleventh century CE, all assume that pleasure-seeking and pleasure-taking are part of the human condition and that it is right to engage in such actions. The volume is an ambitious project and Nylan has done a superb job.
Keywords Chinese philosophy  Confucianism  Daoism  Mencius  Su Shi  Tao Yuanming  Xunzi  Yang Xiong  Zhangzi  pleasure  poetry
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