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Summary The time period covered by "Contemporary Chinese Philosophy" runs from the late nineteenth century (the late Qing dynasty) to the present. One of the central dynamics of this era is Chinese thinkers' engagement with European, Indian, and American philosophical traditions. Chinese versions of liberalism and Marxism flourish. Chinese philosophers also reflect critically on their own traditions, leading some to advocate the abandonment of Chinese traditions while others promote renewed or synthetic forms. Several varieties of "New Confucianism" emerge, the most prominent of which is Mou Zongsan's Kantian reading of Song-Ming Neo-Confucianism. ("Neo-Confucianism" generally refers to the revival of Confucianism that began around 1000 CE; "New Confucianism" refers to twentieth-century developments.) In recent years, two main trends have dominated: on the one hand, a back-to-the classics movement that has sometimes been coupled with suspicion about the aptness to China of the Western-inspired category of "philosophy (zhexue)," and on the other hand, the continued proliferation of eclectic, synthetic philosophizing drawing on various sources.
Key works Relatively few of the key works of contemporary Chinese philosophy have been translated, though see Angle & Svensson 2001. For a good collection of secondary essays on major thinkers, see Cheng & Bunnin 2002. CAP provides an important, if controversial, overview of modern Chinese political thinking. Mao's thought is given an insightful treatment in Wakeman 1973; see also Knight 2005. For a good overview of Mou Zongsan, see Chan 2011; for recent developments within Confucianism, see Angle 2012 and Dallmayr & Zhao 2012.
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  1. Stephen C. Angle (2013). Reply to Critics. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 12 (3):381-388.
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  2. Andreas Arndt (1981). The Synthesis of Chinese and Western Philosophy in Mao Tse-Tung's Theory of Dialectic. Studies in East European Thought 22 (3):196-205.
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  3. Pengshan Bao (2012). Feng Liu Qu: Ni You Suo Bu Zhi de Li Shi Ren Wu. Ben Shi Wen Hua Gu Fen You Xian Gong Si.
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  4. Louis A. Barth (1984). Contemporary Chinese Philosophy. Edited by Frederick J. Adelmann. Modern Schoolman 62 (1):55-56.
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  5. Daniel A. Bell (2004). Review: Human Rights and Social Criticism in Contemporary Chinese Political Theory. [REVIEW] Political Theory 32 (3):396 - 408.
  6. By John H. Berthrong & Matthew A. Levey Evelyn Nagai Berthrong (2004). Confucianism: A Short Introduction. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 31 (2):301–305.
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  7. Donald H. Bishop & Jeffrey G. Barlow (eds.) (1985). Chinese Thought: An Introduction. Motilal Banarasidass.
    This book deals with the basic views of those philosophers and their influence on Chinese history and culture.
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  8. Derk Bodde (1947). Chinese Philosophy and the Social Sciences.
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  9. Louis Bouchard (1944). A Short History of the Chinese People. Thought 19 (1):133-133.
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  10. O. Brière (1956/1979). Fifty Years of Chinese Philosophy, 1898-1950. Greenwood Press.
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  11. Renhou Cai (2009). Zhongguo Zhe Xue Shi. Taiwan Xue Sheng Shu Ju.
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  12. Zhongde Cai (2000). Feng Youlan Xian Sheng Ping Zhuan. San Lian Shu Dian (Xianggang) You Xian Gong Si.
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  13. Feng Cao (ed.) (2010). Riben Xue Zhe Lun Zhongguo Zhe Xue Shi. Hua Dong Shi Fan da Xue Chu Ban She.
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  14. Paul Carus (1907). Chinese Thought an Exposition of the Main Characteristic Features of the Chinese World-Conception. The Open Court Publishing Company.
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  15. Paul Carus (1898). Chinese Philosophy an Exposition of the Main Characteristic Features of Chinese Thought. Open Court.
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  16. Ch'U. Chai (forthcoming). The Spirit of Chinese Culture. Social Research.
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  17. Wenhua Chai (ed.) (2010). Feng Youlan Si Xiang Yan Jiu =. Ren Min Chu Ban She.
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  18. Joseph Chan (2014). Confucian Perfectionism: A Political Philosophy for Modern Times. Princeton University Press.
    Since the very beginning, Confucianism has been troubled by a serious gap between its political ideals and the reality of societal circumstances. Contemporary Confucians must develop a viable method of governance that can retain the spirit of the Confucian ideal while tackling problems arising from nonideal modern situations. The best way to meet this challenge, Joseph Chan argues, is to adopt liberal democratic institutions that are shaped by the Confucian conception of the good rather than the liberal conception of the (...)
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  19. Joseph Chan (2014). 'Self-Restriction' and the Confucian Case for Democracy. Philosophy East and West 64 (3):785-795.
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  20. Joseph Chan (2007). Democracy and Meritocracy: Toward a Confucian Perspective. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 34 (2):179–193.
  21. Wing-Tsit Chan (1967). Chinese Philosophy, 1949-1963 an Annotated Bibliography of Mainland China Publications. East-West Center Press.
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  22. Wing-Tsit Chan (1959). Modern Trends in Chinese Philosophy and Religion. Open Court.
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  23. Wing-Tsit Chan (1957). Neo-Confucianism and Chinese Scientific Thought. Philosophy East and West 6 (4):309-332.
  24. Wing-Tsit Chan (1951). [Book Review of] a Short History of Chinese Philosophy. [REVIEW] University of Hawaii Press.
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  25. Derong Chen (2011). Metaphorical Metaphysics in Chinese Philosophy: Illustrated with Feng Youlan's New Metaphysics. Lexington Books.
    In Metaphorical Metaphysics in Chinese Philosophy: Illustrated with Feng Youlan's New Metaphysics, Derong Chen examines Chinese philosophy through a critical analysis of Feng Youlan's nnew metaphysics. He views metaphysics in Chinese philosophy as a metaphorical metaphysics separate from Western metaphysics. In examining the historical influences and contemporary reaction to Feng's work, he identify's Feng's system as the continuation of the Chinese philosophical tradition. This approach is most applicable to scholars of comparative philosophy and Chinese philosophy.
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  26. Zhan'guo Chen (2011). Yi Dai Zhe Ren Feng Youlan. Beijing da Xue Chu Ban She.
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  27. Chung-ying Cheng (1997). On a Comprehensive Theory of Xing (Naturality) in Song-Ming Neo-Confucian Philosophy: A Critical and Integrative Development. Philosophy East and West 47 (1):33-46.
    The question of xing has received much attention in the revival of Neo-Confucian philosophy (called Contemporary Neo-Confucianism) in present-day Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China and among scholars of Chinese philosophy in the United States. It also has much to do with a critical consciousness of both the difference and the affinity between the Chinese philosophy of man and morality and the contemporary Western philosophy of human existence and moral virtues. The study of this has great meaning for the development of (...)
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  28. Chung-Ying Cheng (1977). Outline of Lectures on the History of Chinese Philosophy. Chinese Studies in Philosophy 8 (4).
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  29. Chung-Ying Cheng & Nicholas Bunnin (eds.) (2002). Contemporary Chinese Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  30. Shiquan Cheng (2007). Zhongguo Zhe Xue Zong Lun: Shiquan Xian Sheng Lun Wen Ji. Wen Jing Shu Ju.
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  31. Ik Cho (2006). Chusŏ Yoryu. Sŏul Taehakkyo Kyujanggak HanʼGukhak YŏnʼGuwŏn.
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  32. Li-fu Chʻen (1948). Philosophy of Life. New York, Philosophical Library.
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  33. Jason Clower (ed.) (2014). Late Works of Mou Zongsan: Selected Essays on Chinese Philosophy. Brill.
    In Late Works of Mou Zongsan , this influential Chinese philosopher speaks on the future of Chinese culture, the achievements of Confucianism, the place of Buddhism and Daoism in Chinese philosophy, and the possibility of partnership between Chinese and Western thought.
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  34. Timothy Connolly (2013). The 18th International Conference for Chinese Philosophy: “Chinese Philosophy and the Way of Living. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 40 (S1):272-272.
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  35. Carine Defoort (2006). Is "Chinese Philosophy" a Proper Name? A Response to Rein Raud. Philosophy East and West 56 (4):625-660.
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  36. Hong Deng (2005). Riben de Wang Chong "Lun Heng" Yan Jiu Lun Zhu Mu Lu Bian Nian Ti Yao. Zhi Shu Fang Chu Ban She.
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  37. Jinyu Dong (2008). Zhu Xi Xue Shu Kao Lun. Li Ren Shu Ju.
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  38. H. H. Dubs (1957). YU-LAN, FUNG - A History of Chinese Philosophy Trans. D. Bodde. [REVIEW] Mind 66:280.
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  39. Homer Dubs (1938). The Victory of Han Confucianism. Journal of the American Oriental Society 58 (3):435-449.
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  40. Chen Duxiu (2001). The Constitution and Confucianism (1916). In Stephen C. Angle & Marina Svensson (eds.), Chinese Human Rights Reader. M. E. Sharpe. 67.
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  41. Ruiping Fan (2009). Review of Bo Mou (Ed.), History of Chinese Philosophy. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (6).
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  42. Shou-kʻang Fan (1964). Chung-Kuo Chê Shüeh Shih Kang Yao.
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  43. Litian Fang (2006). Zhongguo Gu Dai Zhe Xue. Zhongguo Ren Min da Xue Chu Ban She.
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  44. K. T. Fann (1969). Philosophy in the Chinese Cultural Revolution. International Philosophical Quarterly 9 (3):449-459.
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  45. Dawen Feng (2009). Zhongguo Gu Dian Zhe Xue Lüe Shu. Guangdong Ren Min Chu Ban She.
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  46. Dawen Feng & Qiyong Guo (eds.) (2005). Xin Bian Zhongguo Zhe Xue Shi. Hong Ye Wen Hua Shi Ye You Xian Gong Si.
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  47. Youlan Feng (2011). Feng Youlan du Shu Yu Zuo Ren. Guo Ji Wen Hua Chu Ban Gong Si.
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  48. Youlan Feng (2008). Feng Youlan Wen Ji. Changchun Chu Ban She.
    Di 1 juan. San song tang zi xu -- di 2-3 juan. Zhongguo zhe xue shi -- di 4-5 juan. Zhen yuan liu shu -- di 6 juan. Zhongguo zhe xue jian shi [translation of Short history of Chinese philosophy] -- di 7-9 juan. Zhongguo zhe xue shi xin bian -- di 10 juan. Zhe xue lun wen ji.
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  49. Youlan Feng (2006). Feng Youlan Tan Zhe Xue. Dang Dai Shi Jie Chu Ban She.
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  50. Youlan Feng (2006). Zhongguo Zhe Xue Shi Shi Liao Xue. Jiangsu Jiao Yu Chu Ban She.
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