Secret Subversion I: Mou Zongsan, Kant, and Early Confucianism, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Secret Subversion I

Mou Zongsan, Kant, and Early Confucianism, 1st Edition

By Tang Wenming


184 pages

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Mou Zongsan (1909-1995), one of the representatives of Modern Confucianism, belongs to the most important Chinese philosophers in the 20th century. From a more traditional Confucian perspective, this book makes a critical analysis on Mou’s "moral metaphysics", mainly his thoughts about Confucian ethos.

The author observes that Mou simplifies Confucian ethos rooted in various and specific environments, making them equal to modern ethics, which is a subversion of the ethical order of life advocated by traditional Confucianism. Besides, the author believes that Mou has twisted Confucian ethos systematically by introducing Kant’s concept of autonomy into the interpretation of Confucian thoughts.

Scholars and students in Chinese philosophy, especially those in Confucian studies, will be attracted by this book. Also, it will appeal to readers interested in comparative philosophy.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Reduction of Morality Chapter I. Autonomy and Altruism: On the Moralistic Interpretation of Confucian Thought Chapter II. Do the Zhou People’s Concern-Consciousness and Respect for Virtue Constitute a Moral Breakthrough? Chapter III. Is the Confucian Doctrine of Benevolence a Moralistic Doctrine? Chapter IV. Is Mencius’ Theory of Goodness of Human Nature a Moral Metaphysics? Part 2 The Appropriation of Autonomy Chapter I. The Spirit of Confucian Ethics and Autonomous Morality Chapter II. Mencius on the Internality of Ethical Love and Righteousness Chapter III. "The Internality of Benevolence and Righteousness" and Autonomous Morality Chapter IV. Confucian Ethics: Virtue-Based or Law-Based? References. Index

About the Author

Tang Wenming, Professor of Department of Philosophy, and Deputy Director of Institute for Ethics and Religions Studies in Tsinghua University, Secretary General of Chinese Confucian Academy. Research Area: Ethic Studies, Chinese Philosophy and Religious Studies.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Contemporary Chinese Philosophy

Routledge Studies in Contemporary Chinese Philosophy

Edited by Bryan W. Van Norden, Vassar College, USA and Yong Li, Wuhan University, China

It is widely recognized that in science, industry, and technology China is a modern superpower. However, there is still a common stereotype that Chinese philosophy consists of nothing but the earnest repetition of quaint sayings from long-dead sages. In actuality, philosophy in China today is vibrant and intellectually diverse.

The aim of this series is to publish translations of the best and most representative works by contemporary Chinese philosophers. The books in this series include contemporary studies of the history of Chinese or Western philosophy, as well as original works of research in ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, and other areas. Routledge Studies in Contemporary Chinese Philosophy seeks to fill the large gap that currently exists in the study of Chinese philosophy by providing high-quality translations to English-language scholars.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical
PHILOSOPHY / Criticism