The Endless Pursuit of Self-Perfection: A Hidden Dialogue between Mou Zongsan and F. H. Bradley

Philosophy East and West 69 (3):828-848 (2019)
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Unlike Tang Junyi 唐君毅, who gave a high appraisal of the British Idealists or British Hegelians, mainly including T. H. Green, F. H. Bradley, and Bernard Bosanquet, Mou Zongsan 牟宗三 only occasionally mentions these names. The fact that Mou did not go deeper into the traditions of Idealism, however, does not, it appears to me, necessarily prevent us from seeking a family resemblance between the New Confucianism and British Idealism. For one thing, as Mou confesses, it was through Tang's talking about Bradley's "reconciliatory dialectic" that Mou came to realize the gist of dialectical thinking and the importance of Hegel's philosophy.1 Besides, as we...



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