The Thought of Mou Zongsan


Mou Zongsan 牟宗三 (1909-1995) was the theoretical genius behind New Confucianism, a philosophical and cultural movement marking the revival of Ruxue in Asia and Northern America since the late 1970s. This book is the first thorough study in English of Mou’s multi-faceted and complex system. It examines the key influences of Xiong Shili 熊十力 (1885-1968), G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), and Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) on the Chinese thinker and presents his thought as a contemporary moral metaphysical recasting of the Lu-Wang Learning of the Mind using Mahāyāna Fo paradigms and Kantian terminology. The study also reveals the strong Han cultural nationalism entwined with Mou’s philosophical system and looks at how his thought has been received.
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Biographical Note

N. Serina Chan, PhD. (2010) in Chinese Studies, University of Adelaide, is visiting fellow at the Australian National University. She has published a book chapter on Mou Zongsan in New Confucianism: A Critical Examination, ed. John Makeham (Palgrave, 2003).

Review Quotes

"[N. Serina Chan] argues convincingly here that Han cultural nationalism is inseparable from the New Confucian movement, drawing skillfully on the work of such observers of Chinese academia as Theodore Huters, Gloria Davies and Thomas Metzger [...] Chan's broad work will prove very useful as a desk reference to Mou's long career and wide-ranging oeuvre [...]; until the day when someone publishes a concordance of Mou's writings or makes them available in a searchable electronic format, Chan's book will become the first resort for scholars researching Mou's thinking about a given topic."
Jason T. Clower, The China Journal, No. 70

Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Philosophical Influence of Xiong
Chapter 2: Cultural Nationalism: Xiong's Influence and Mou's Discourse
Chapter 3: The Influence of Hegel
Chapter 4: Mou's Moral Metaphysics and Kant: Inner Sageliness
Chapter 5: Mou's Moral Metaphysics and Kant: Noumenal Knowledge and Ontology
Chapter 6: Mou's Moral Metaphysics and Kant: The Highest Good and the "Perfect" Teaching
Chapter 7: Mou's New Daotong
Chapter 8: Mou and the Xin Rujia Movement


All those interested in the thought of Mou Zongsan, New Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, Chinese thought, Chinese cultural nationalism and Kantian philosophy, as well as students of human consciousness and Chinese spirituality.

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