Bryan W. Van Norden is Professor in the Philosophy Department and in the Department of Chinese and Japanese at Vassar College.
Introductions to each main section provide an overview of the period, while brief headnotes to selections highlight key points.
The translations are the works of many distinguished scholars, and were chosen for their accuracy and accessibility, especially for students, general readers, and scholars who do not read Chinese. Special effort has been made to maintain consistency of key terms across translations.
Also included are a glossary, bibliography, index of names, and an index locorum of The Four Books.