The book Mozi , named after master Mo, was compiled in the course of the fifth-third centuries BCE. The seven studies included in the The Mozi as an Evolving Text analyse the Core Chapters, Dialogues, and Opening Chapters of the Mozi as an evolving text.
Sinology is like a Chinese ritual dance: the key is not the movement, but rather the positions , the moments of non-action ‘in between’, that make rhythm and transformation possible. Sinology itself occupies an in-between position in the landscape of academic disciplines, though it is not the only one to undertake this dance, as various disciplines engage themselves into a similar quest. Its distinctiveness as intellectual inquiry is to point at intervals, interstices, gaps, cracks, pauses, poses, in-between moments or zones (...) in culture and human life. In that sense, Sinology does ‘mind’ gaps. (shrink)
In recent years there has been an increase in the number of publications in the field of intellectual history in the People's Republic of China. Some are devoted to one particular thinker, others to one specific piece of writing, while still others attempt to give a more general history of, for instance, late imperial or early twentieth-century thought. In general, studies of Confucian intellectual history have tended to avoid the classification of thinkers in terms of "materialists," "idealists," or other Marxist (...) labels, but still they share a common characteristic with regard to their analysis and description of the historical development of Confucian thought. Their method of "chronological serialization" presents this development as a single linear process consisting of different phases of knowledge which successively follow one after the other and are separated by historical "incidents." This approach is not typically modern, since it can be traced back to, for instance, Liang Qichao's "Introduction to Fifty Years of Progress in China" , in which he explicates his analysis of three successive reforms—material, institutional, cultural—in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, also known as the "three-phases theory.". (shrink)
Feng Youlan's (1895-1990) "History of Chinese Philosophy" is at present still the most well-known introduction to Chinese philosophy in any Western language. During the 1980s Feng Youlan published a seven-volume new version of his "History" in which he further developed his view on history so that the work itself can be considered part of the history of Chinese philosophy in this century. This paper presents a preliminary analysis and comparison of the different versions of the "History.".