…by me, of course!
And, my own objective view is well supported by a very authoritative voice (based upon the number of posts here, this voice must have been the most authoritative in Chinese philosophy):
“Tongdong Bai’s new book pulls off a remarkable balancing act. It is accessible and yet provocative; it is solidly based on China’s early history and yet full of fascinating comparisons with Western thought and with the contemporary world. It is a splendid introduction to Chinese philosophy for all readers.” – Stephen C. Angle, Wesleyan University
Now that you’ve seen my ego (too much of it, I guess), let me be modest for a moment. In this book, I argue that the Chinese transitions from the Western Zhou to the Qin dynasty were comparable with European modernization in many ways. The pre-Qin thinkers, then, were addressing problems of modernity. One implication of this crazy claim is that pre-Qin Chinese philosophy is first and foremost a political philosophy. Since they are about problems of modernity, the contemporary relevance of pre-Qin philosophical ideas is then apparent.
And now is your turn to show how crazy I must have been! (If you wish to trash my book in the form of book review, please let me know, and I’d be happy to arrange a copy to be sent to you.)
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