Since the end of the nineteenth century, Chinese philosophy has experienced an intensely self-conscious creative transformation. Contemporary Chinese philosophers developed sophisticated positions in many central areas of philosophy and set out to reinterpret the complex inheritance of ancient Chinese philosophy. Contemporary Chinese Philosophy features leading scholars describing and critically assessing the works of sixteen major twentieth-century Chinese philosophers. The book explores these philosophers' attempts to revive and modernize the Confucian, Daoist, Mohist, Legalist, Logicist, Neo-Confucian, and Buddhist schools as well as their critiques of Western thinkers from Plato to Wittgenstein. It demonstrates that the values and achievements of Chinese philosophers offer a gateway to understanding the development of Chinese views of humanity and reality. This volume enables students and general readers to understand the rich and challenging diversity of issues and positions explored in contemporary Chinese philosophy.
Chung-ying Cheng is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is the founder and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy. He is also founder of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy.
Notes on Contributors. Preface: Chung-ying Cheng. Introduction: Nicholas Bunnin. Part I: Pioneering New Thought from the West: 1. Liang Qichao's Political and Social Philosophy: Yang Xiao. 2. Wang Guowei: Philosophy of Aesthetic Criticism: Keping Wang. 3. Zhang Dongsun: Pluralist Epistemology and Chinese Philosophy: Xinyan Jiang. 4. Hu Shi's Enlightenment Philosophy: Hu Xinhe. 5. Jin Yuelin's Theory of Dao : Hu Jun. Part II: Philosophizing in the Neo-Confucian Spirit: 6. Xiong Shili's Metaphysics of Virtue: Jiyuan Yu. 7. Liang Shuming: Easten and Western Cultures and Confucianism: Yanming An. 8. Feng Youlan's New Principle Learning and His Histories of Chinese Philosophy: Lauren Pfister. 9. He Lin's Sinification of Idealism: Jiwei Ci. Part III: Ideological Exposure to Dialectical Materialism: 10. Feng Qi's Ameliorism: Between Relativism and Absolutism: Huang Yong. 11. Zhang Dainian: Creative Synthesis and Chinese Philosophy: Cheng Lian. 12. Li Zehou: Chinese Aesthetics from a Post-Marxist and Confucian Perspective: John Zijiang Ding. Part IV: Later Development of New Neo-Confucianism: 13. Fang Dongmei: Philosophy of Life, Creativity, and Inclusiveness: Chengyang Li. 14. Practical Humanism of Xu Fuguan: Peimin Ni. 15. Tang Junyi: Moral Idealism and Chinese Culture: Sin Yee Chan. 16. Mou Zongsan on Intellectual Intuition: Refeng Tang. Afterwords. Recent Trends in Chinese Philosophy in China and the West: Chung-ying Cheng. An Onto-Hermeneutic Interpretation of Twentieth-Century Chinese Philosophy: Identity and Vision: Chung-ying Cheng. Glossary. Index.