Contemporary Chinese Philosophy

Edited by Stephen C. Angle (Wesleyan University)
Assistant editor: Maxwell Fong (Wesleyan University)
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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. La irrupció de la filosofia en els segles XIX i XX. Pensament japonès contemporani. Pensament xinès contemporani.Montserrat Crespin Perales - 2011 - In Carles Prado-Fonts (ed.), Pensament i religió a Àsia Oriental. Barcelona, España: pp. 23-70.
    La irrupció de la filosofia en els segles XIX i XX. Pensament japonès contemporani. Pensament xinès contemporani.
  2. Kurdistan: The Taiwan of the Middle East?Yvonne Chiu - 2018 - Society 55 (4):344-348.
    Taiwan and Kurdistan appear to have little in common, but the progressive values of these two societies embedded within hostile regions make them both natural allies and important strategic assets in the U.S.’s and international community’s long-term fight against authoritarianism and radical religious theocracies. Instead, they have been ignored and/or exploited in the pursuit of short-term geopolitical and economic interests in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions, which comes at great cost to American and international values as well as long-term (...)
  3. Culture in De-Center CourtChina in Transformation.David A. Kelly & Tu Wei-Ming - 1996 - Philosophy East and West 46 (2):278.
  4. Feng, Qi 馮契, Collected Works of FengQi, 2nd, Expanded Ed. 馮契文集.Zhenhua Yu - 2017 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 16 (1):119-124.
  5. Democracy Without Autonomy: Moral and Personal Autonomy in Democratic Confucianism.Yvonne Chiu - 2017 - Philosophy East and West 67 (1):47-60.
    The presence and absence of autonomy in Joseph Chan’s democratic Confucianism loom large, but not always in the ways that he maintains. Although Chan claims that his reconstruction of Confucianism for modern democracy can accept some forms of moral autonomy, what he presents does not constitute genuine moral autonomy, and the absence of that autonomy sits in tension with some other aspects of his model. When it comes to personal autonomy, it is the opposite: Chan says that the exercise of (...)
  6. Pegasus, Monkey King and Existential Sentences in Chinese.Fu-Tseng Liu - 1986 - NTU Philosophical Review 9:17-42.
  7. The Functions of 'Yes' and 'No' in Chinese and English.Fu-Tseng Liu - 1985 - NTU Philosophical Review 8:65-83.
  8. Chinese Bhikṣunīs in the Ch'an Tradition.Heng-Ching Shih - 1992 - NTU Philosophical Review 15:181-207.
  9. Pilgrim of the Clouds, Poems and Essays From Ming China.William Schultz, Yuan Hung-Tao & Jonathan Chaves - 1981 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 101 (2):235.
  10. Advanced Reader in Chinese History.E. Bruce Brooks, Grace Wan & Wallace Johnson - 1980 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 100 (2):206.
  11. Chinese Art and Archaeology: A Classified Index to Articles Published in Mainland China Periodicals, 1949-1966.Annette Juliano & Chan Kam-po - 1980 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 100 (1):98.
  12. Guide to Chinese Philosophy.Derk Bodde, Charles Wei-Hsun Fu & Wing-Tsit Chan - 1980 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 100 (1):88.
  13. Appropriation and Representation: Feng Menglong and the Chinese Vernacular Story.Wilt L. Idema & Shuhui Yang - 2000 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 120 (2):303.
  14. Twentieth-Century Chinese PaintingContradictions: Artistic Life, the Socialist State and the Chinese Painter Li Huasheng.Ellen Johnston Laing, Mayching Kao, Jerome Silbergeld & Gong Jisui - 1994 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 114 (2):331.
  15. Singular Listlessness: A Short History of Chinese Books and British Scholars.Paul W. Kroll & T. H. Barrett - 1992 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 112 (1):178.
  16. A Chinese Pioneer Family: The Lins of Wu-Feng, Taiwan, 1729-1895.Robert P. Weller & Johanna M. Meskill - 1982 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 102 (3):576.
  17. Chinese Warlord, the Career of Feng Yü-hsiangChinese Warlord, the Career of Feng Yu-Hsiang.Chauncey S. Goodrich & James E. Sheridan - 1971 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 91 (4):516.
  18. Confucianism in Action.Chauncey S. Goodrich, David S. Nivison & Arthur F. Wright - 1970 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 90 (2):417.
  19. A Short History of Chinese Art.Prudence R. Myer & Michael Sullivan - 1969 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 89 (1):254.
  20. The Peking Temple of the Eastern Peak, The Tung-Yüeh Miao in Peking and Its LoreAppendix: Description of the Tung-Yüeh Miao of Peking in 1927The Peking Temple of the Eastern Peak, The Tung-Yueh Miao in Peking and Its LoreAppendix: Description of the Tung-Yueh Miao of Peking in 1927.R. A. Stein, Anne Swann Goodrich & Janet R. Ten Broeck - 1966 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 86 (4):425.
  21. The Income of the Chinese Gentry. A Sequel to the Chinese Gentry: Studies on Their Role in Nineteenth-Century Chinese Society.W. Eberhard & Chung-li Chang - 1962 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 82 (4):607.
  22. Ladies of the Tang; 22 Classical Chinese Stories.Edward H. Schafer & Elizabeth Te-Chen Wang - 1962 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 82 (4):594.
  23. A Short History of Chinese Philosophy.Homer H. Dubs, Fung Yu-lan & Derk Bodde - 1951 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 71 (1):90.
  24. Hsuntze; the Moulder of Ancient Confucianism.J. K. Shryock & H. H. Dubs - 1929 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 49:88.
  25. Tu Weiming.Iep Author - 2016
    Tu Weiming Tu Weiming is one of the most famous Chinese Confucian thinkers of the 20th and 21st centuries. As a prominent member of the third generation of “New Confucians,” Tu stressed the significance of religiosity within Confucianism. Inspired by his teacher Mou Zongsan as well as his decades of study … Continue reading Tu Weiming →.
  26. An Introduction to Feng Shui.Ole Bruun - 2008 - Cambridge University Press.
    Feng Shui has been known in the West for the last 150 years but has mostly been regarded as a primitive superstition. During the modern period successive regimes in China have suppressed its practice. However, in the last few decades Feng Shui has become a global spiritual movement with professional associations, thousands of titles published on the subject, countless websites devoted to it and millions of users. In this book Ole Bruun explains Feng Shui's Chinese origins and meanings as well (...)
  27. My “Investigation of Things”.Donald J. Munro - 2016 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 15 (3):321-339.
    “Confucianism” can refer to two topics, namely “Philosophical Confucianism” and “State Confucianism.” Regarding contemporary China and the global world, the one that has a positive content is not the latter but is the former. Philosophical Confucianism takes Mencius’ thesis as its key. It emphasizes knowledge, emotions, and intentions to act as an interrelated mental cluster. It encourages people to focus on family love and its societal expansion. At the same time, through the investigation of such universal topics as humane love, (...)
  28. Review Article: Ishii Shudo’s Contributions to Dogen Studies Examining Chinese Influences on the Kana and Kanbun Texts.Heine Steven - 2014 - Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 41 (2).
  29. Chinese Urban History Studies Face the Twenty-First Century.He Yimin - 2014 - Chinese Studies in History 47 (3):73-99.
  30. A Short History of Chinese PhilosophyPhilosophy of Life.K. P. L., Fung Yu-Lan, Derk Bodde & Chen Li-Fu - 1949 - Journal of Philosophy 46 (12):394.
  31. The Synthesis of Chinese and Western Philosophy in Mao Tse-Tung's Theory of Dialectic.Andreas Arndt - 1981 - Studies in Soviet Thought 22 (3):196-205.
  32. Towards A History of Chinese Education: Selected Resources.Christopher J. Lucas - 1974 - Educational Studies 5 (3):115-127.
  33. Chinese Studies in the History of Astronomy, 1949-1979.Xi Zezong - 1981 - Isis 72 (3):456-470.
  34. The Unlikely Buddhologist: Tiantai Buddhism in Mou Zongsan's New Confucianism. By Jason Clower.Stefania Travagnin - 2014 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 41 (S1):761-764.
  35. Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy.Antonio S. Cua (ed.) - 2012 - Routledge.
    Featuring contributions from the world's most highly esteemed Asian philosophy scholars, this important new encyclopedia covers the complex and increasingly influential field of Chinese thought, from earliest recorded times to the present day. Including coverage on the subject previously unavailable to English speakers, the _Encyclopedia_ sheds light on the extensive range of concepts, movements, philosophical works, and thinkers that populate the field. It includes a thorough survey of the history of Chinese philosophy; entries on all major thinkers from Confucius to (...)
  36. God's Knowledge and Ours: Kant and Mou Zongsan on Intellectual Intuition.Nicholas Bunnin - 2013 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 40 (3-4):47-58.
  37. Mao and the Chinese Revolution in Philosophy.K. T. Fann - 1972 - Studies in Soviet Thought 12 (2):111-123.
    There is a unique relationship between Maoist policies and philosophy. This uniqueness is idue, on the one hand, to the pedagogical orientation of the CPC, and to the essential role of the cultural revolution, on the other.
  38. Han and Tang Ideals and the Future of Chinese Arts.Curtis L. Carter & Yang Yibo - unknown
  39. History of Chinese Philosophy, Volume 2: The Period of Classical Learning From the Second Century B.C. To the Twentieth Century A.D. [REVIEW]Derk Bodde (ed.) - 1983 - Princeton University Press.
    Since its original publication in Chinese in the 1930s, this work has been accepted by Chinese scholars as the most important contribution to the study of their country's philosophy. In 1952 the book was published by Princeton University Press in an English translation by the distinguished scholar of Chinese history, Derk Bodde, "the dedicated translator of Fung Yu-lan's huge history of Chinese philosophy". Available for the first time in paperback, it remains the most complete work on the subject in any (...)
  40. Feng Youlan and Twentieth Century China: An Intellectual Biography.Xiaoqing Diana Lin - 2016 - Brill.
    This is an intellectual biography of Feng Youlan [Fung Yu-lan]. It explores Feng’s work and the trajectory of changes in Feng’s philosophical outlook against the social and political contexts of Feng’s life from the 1920s to 1990.
  41. Adapting Catholicism to Confucianism: Matteo Ricci’sTianzhu Shiyi.Yu Liu - 2014 - The European Legacy 19 (1):43-59.
  42. The Unlikely Buddhologist: Tiantai Buddhism in Mou Zongsan’s New Confucianism by Jason Clower.Kwan Chun Keung - 2014 - Philosophy East and West 64 (4):1075-1077.
  43. Contemporary Chinese Philosophy.Chung-Ying Cheng & Nicholas Bunnin (eds.) - 2002 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Contemporary Chinese Philosophy_ features discussion of sixteen major twentieth-century Chinese philosophers. Leading scholars in the field describe and critically assess the works of these significant figures. Critically assesses the work of major comtemporary Chinese philosophers that have rarely been discussed in English. Features essays by leading scholars in the field. Includes a glossary of Chinese characters and definitions.
  44. A Short History of Chinese Philosophy. [REVIEW]P. L. K. - 1949 - Journal of Philosophy 46 (12):394-395.
  45. The Chinese Renaissance. [REVIEW]W. S. H. - 1934 - Journal of Philosophy 31 (13):363-363.
  46. Sébastien Billioud. Thinking Through Confucian Modernity: A Study of Mou Zongsan's Moral Metaphysics.Jason Clower - 2014 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 41 (1-2):217-219.
  47. Reconciling Confucianism and Nationalism.Daniel A. Bell - 2014 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 41 (1-2):33-54.
    Confucianism has made a comeback in mainland China over the last two decades or so. Politically minded Confucian revivalists see Confucianism as the core of national identity that differs from “foreign” traditions such as liberalism and they argue for replacing Marxism with Confucianism as the core ideology of the one-party state. But is the ancient tradition of Confucianism compatible with the modern tradition of nationalism? And is it possible to defend a morally appealing form of “Confucian nationalism”? This essay argues (...)
  48. Feng Youlan and Greek Philosophy.Jiyuan Yu - 2014 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 41 (1-2):55-73.
    The article is to examine Feng Youlan's views about the differences and similarities between Chinese and Greek philosophy, to show the role of Greek philosophy in his effort to establish the study of Chinese philosophical thought as a modern discipline. It starts with a discussion of how Feng argues for what he thinks to be the two major features of Chinese philosophy: China is weak in metaphysics/epistemology, and Chinese philosophy concentrates on the philosophy of life. It proceeds to examine to (...)
  49. Mou Zongsan on Confucian Autonomy and Subjectivity: From Transcendental Philosophy to Transcendent Metaphysics.Weimin Shi - 2015 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 14 (2):275-287.
    Mou Zongsan 牟宗三 contends that Confucianism is an ethics of autonomy. It is maintained that Mou’s version of ethics of autonomy differs from Kant’s in that Mou comprehends subjectivity differently than Kant in such a way that he, unlike Kant, locates the ethical a priori in moral feelings instead of reason. This paper will explore Mou’s metaphysical grounding of morality to show that Kant’s notions of autonomy and subjectivity undergo more radical modifications in Mou’s contention.
  50. V. Attack on Neo-Confucianism.Thomas R. H. Havens - 2015 - In Nishi Amane and Modern Japanese Thought. Princeton University Press. pp. 114-140.
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