Heaven and earth are not humane

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Heaven and Earth Are Not Humane: The Problem of Evil in Classical Chinese Philosophy by Franklin Perkins

That bad things happen to good people was as true in early China as it is today. Franklin Perkins uses this observation as the thread by which to trace the effort by Chinese thinkers of the Warring States Period (c.475-221 BCE), a time of great conflict and division, to seek reconciliation between humankind and the world. Perkins provides rich new readings of classical Chinese texts and reflects on their significance for Western philosophical discourse.
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That bad things happen to good people was as true in early China as it is today.
Franklin Perkins

Heaven and Earth Are Not Humane: The Problem of Evil in Classical Chinese Philosophy

That bad things happen to good people was as true in early China as it is today. Franklin Perkins uses this observation as the thread by which to trace the effort by Chinese thinkers of the Warring States Period c. Perkins provides rich new readings of classical Chinese texts and reflects on their significance for Western philosophical discourse. Stalnaker, Indiana University Bloomington. Moreover, given the comparative focus, it is one of those rare works on classical materials that will excite significant interest among scholars of Western philosophy and intellectual history as well. Beautifully written, highly engaging, and extremely well argued.

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The intriguing title, Heaven and Earth Are Not Humane , a line that originally appears in the Daodejing of Laozi, draws the reader into early Chinese philosophy. By exploring the problem of evil, Franklin Perkins opens new doors into this ancient tradition. The problem of evil in this book specifically refers to the fact that bad things happen to good people. Perkins examines the multiplicity of ways that philosophers of the Warring States period dealt with the problem of evil. His study focuses on six major texts, the Lunyu, Mozi, Daodejing, Mengzi, Zhuangzi , and Xunzi , but he incorporates a variety of recently excavated texts such as Xing zi ming chu , Taiyi sheng shui , and Qiong da yi shi into his study as well.

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