Filial Piety in Chinese Thought and History


The phenomenon of filial piety is fundamental to our understanding of Chinese culture, and this excellent collection of essays explores its role in various areas of life throughout history. Often regarded as the key to preserving Chinese tradition and identity, its potentially vast impact on government and the development of Chinese culture makes it extremely relevant, and although invariably virtuous in its promotion of social cohesion, its ideas are often controversial. A broad range of topics are discussed chronologically including Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism, making it essential reading for those studying Chinese culture, religion and philosophy. This is a multi-disciplinary survey that combines historical studies with philosophical analysis from an international team of respected contributors.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Alan K. L. Chan
  • Sor-Hoon Tan
  • Ikeda Tomohisa
  • Anne Cheng
  • Keith N. Knapp
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2004