By Yu-lan Fung, Derk Bodde
The vintage chronicle of chinese language philosophical proposal from the 3rd millennium to the 20 th century.
From the sage-kings of historic China to the 1911 overthrow of the oldest monarchical method on this planet, chinese language philosophy has developed and stimulated faculties of concept worldwide. In an obtainable voice, A brief historical past of chinese language Philosophy in actual fact illuminates Confucianism, Taoism, Mohism, Yin-Yang, and extra. For these drawn to philosophy or Asian reviews, this can be the proper window into historic and glossy chinese language ideology.
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Words are something that should be forgotten when they have achieved their purpose. Why should we trouble ourselves with them any more than is necessary? This is true of the words and rhymes in poetry, and the lines and colors in painting. , the most influential philosophy was the Nco-Taoist School, which was known in Chinese history as the hsiian hsiieh (the dark or mystic learning). At that time there was a book entitled Shih-shuo Hsin-yii, which is a record of the clever sayings and romantic activities of the famous men of.
The author of this chapter found that the mode of life of people is conditioned by thcir eco· nomic background, and his evaluation of agriculture again shows that he was himself conditioned by thc economic background of his time. In this observation of the Lil·shih Ch'un·ch'iu, we find the root and source of the two main trends of Chinese thought, Taoism and Confucianism. They are poles apart from one another, yet they are also the two poles of one and the Same axis. They both express, in one way or another, the aspirations and inspirations of the farmer.
This also explains why epistemology has never developed in Chi· nese philosophy. Whethcr thc table that I see before me is real or illusory, and whethcr it is only an idea in my mind or is occupying objective space, was never seriously considered by Chincse philosophers. No such epistemological problems are to be found in Chinese philosophy (save in Buddhism, whieh came from India), since epistemological problems arise only when a demarcation between the subject and the object -is emphasized. And in the aesthetic con· tinuum, thcrc is no such demarcation.