Category Archives: Modern Chinese Philosophy

Two New Books on Modern Chinese Philosophy

Two books in Brill’s “Modern Chinese Philosophy” series have recently been published:

Xiaoqing Diana Lin, Feng Youlan and Twentieth Century China: An Intellectual Biography

http://www.brill.com/products/book/feng-youlan-and-twentieth-century-china

King Pong Chiu,  Thomé H. Fang, Tang Junyi and Huayan Thought: A Confucian Appropriation of Buddhist Ideas in Response to Scientism in Twentieth-Century China

http://www.brill.com/products/book/thome-h-fang-tang-junyi-and-huayan-thought

New book on Early 20th Century Thought

Xiaoqun Xu, Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Individualism in Modern China: The Chenbao Fukan and the New Culture Era, 1918-1928. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. Pp.255. ISBN 978-0-7391-8914-6.

The book analyzes aspects of intellectual life and cultural practices in the New Culture era of modern China by examining an influcential newspaper supplement published in Beijing during 1918-1928, along with other contemporary sources. It highlights a key intellectual-moral paradox in Chinese disourses between cosmopolitanism as an idealistic aspiration and nationalism as a practical imparative, both in complext relationship to indivudialism, and in constant negotiations between Chinese tradition and Western culture in the making of Chinese modernity. It argues for a re-consideration and re-appreciation of the New Culture era in modern Chinese history, as the issues treated in the book remain relevant to China and the world today.

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Roger Ames Awarded 2013 Confucius Culture Prize

“UH Mānoa Philosophy Professor Roger T. Ames has been presented with a 2013 Confucius Culture Prize at the Sixth Annual World Confucian Conference in Shandong, China.  The prizes are sponsored by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Ministry of Culture and the provincial government of Shandong Province—the home province of the sage Confucius.”

The full press release can be found here: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/news/article.php?aId=6047

Digital Bibliography of Chinese Buddhism 中國佛教電子書目

Especially given the great importance of Buddhist discourse in the 19th and 20th centuries to modern Chinese thought more broadly, this resource looks to be very valuable!

From: “Gregory Adam Scott” <gas2122@columbia.edu>

I am very pleased to announce the public opening of the online search interface to my Digital Bibliography of Chinese Buddhism 中國佛教電子書目.

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Nanjing Decade Returns to Life at China Heritage Quarterly

The China Heritage Quarterly, a terrific electronic journal cum research project, has published its August-September issue with a special focus on an early-twentieth century English-language journal called the China Critic. The editor writes:

The China Critic was a product of a cosmopolitan demeanour, a fluency in English-language expression and ideas and an informed concern for contemporary China, its achievements and its limitations. The era of The Critic was also one of mounting international conflict and patriotic fervour. It is timely to reconsider The Critic and also to make available some of the insightful and controversial writing that appeared in its pages over a fourteen-year period.

There’s a tremendous amount of material available at the site: scores of original articles available as pdfs (much of it available via this annotated chronology), insightful commentary, articles about related figures, and so on. One thing that caught my eye was the journal’s endorsement of Chiang Kai-shek’s “New Life Movement.” Certainly there is much about the Nanjing Decade (1927-37) that resonates with contemporary China!