1st Edition

Beyond Confucian China
The Rival Discourses of Kang Youwei and Zhang Binglin

ISBN 9781138879065
Published April 9, 2015 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

Young-tsu Wong throws new light on Kang Youwei and Zhang Binglin, both through research on the sources, nature and import of their ideas and through juxtaposing them. The result is a provocative and stimulating analysis of late Qing-early Republican thought. Never before these two rival thinkers have been studied in any western language, and Wong sees these two men, though distinctly different in personality and thought, as the genuine pioneers of modern Chinese thought. The author highlights the mix of traditional Chinese thought, especially Confucianism and western ideas as well as the personal experiences of the two key thinkers in Modern Chinese History, enabling him to reassess the transition of China’s cultural tradition and its modern fate in a world-wide perspective.

This work provides a stimulating and provocative reassessment of two major thinkers in modern Chinese history. As such, it will be welcomed by scholars in the field of modern Chinese history and intellectual thought.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part I: Reform and Revolution  1. Kang Yuwei and the Reform Movement 0f 1898  2. Zhang Binglin and the Revolution of 1911  Part II: Philosophy and History  3. Kang’s Philosophical Hermeneutics for Political Reform  4. Zhang’s Defense of History  Part III: Paths to Modernity  5. Kang’s Quest for Modern Material Civilization  6. Zhang’s Critique of Western Modernity  Conclusion

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Young-tsu Wong is a Chair Professor at National Central University in Taiwan.