A Daoist Theory of Chinese Thought: A Philosophical Interpretation

Oxford University Press (1992)
Chad Hansen
University of Hong Kong
This ambitious book presents a new interpretation of Chinese thought guided both by a philosopher's sense of mystery and by a sound philosophical theory of meaning. That dual goal, Hansen argues, requires a unified translation theory. It must provide a single coherent account of the issues that motivated both the recently untangled Chinese linguistic analysis and the familiar moral-political disputes. Hansen's unified approach uncovers a philosophical sophistication in Daoism that traditional accounts have overlooked. The Daoist theory treats the imperious intuitionism that alienates critical thinkers as a feature of Confucianism alone. Freed from the view that Confucianism is the core of Chinese thought and from myopic Confucian interpretations, Chinese thinkers emerge as unmistakably philosophical.
Keywords Philosophy, Chinese  Philosophy, Taoist  Chinese language Philosophy
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Call number B126.H277 1992
ISBN(s) 0195134192   9780195134193  
DOI 10.1086/293720
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