Late Works of Mou Zongsan, Jason Clower publishes English translations of this most famous and influential of modern Chinese philosophers for the first time. In essays chosen for their clarity and approachability, this leading contemporary Confucian speaks on the topics that best define his career: the future of Chinese culture and philosophy, the unique achievements of Confucianism, the place of Buddhism and Daoism in Chinese culture, and the possibility of a new partnership between Chinese and Western thought.
Jason Clower, Ph.D. (2008), Harvard University, is Associate Professor of Comparative Religion and Asian Studies at California State University, Chico. He has published studies of Confucian and Buddhist thought, including
The Unlikely Buddhologist: Tiantai Buddhism in Mou Zongsan’s New Confucianism (Brill, 2010).
“Clower’s introductory chapter [is] commendable for doing far more to introduce and contextualise Mou and his ideas than the standard, obligatory editorial scene-setting of many edited collections. And Clower’s thoughtful and detailed footnotes throughout the body of Mou’s essays provide auxiliary information of sinological interest as well as general background, context, and translation clarification, ensuring each essay is readable as a standalone piece.”
Anton Killin, Victoria University of Wellington and Massey University,
New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1 June 2016
“Clower’s selection of essays by Mou Zongsan is an excellent introduction into the intellectual world of one of the most influential thinkers of China’s twentieth century. The essays chosen are very different in character, but their arrangement is well-considered and in their entirety they yield a representative and detailed picture of Mou’s vision of Chinese philosophy. Anyone interested in the history of New Confucianism and in the intellectual history of twentieth century China in general will profit from reading this book. The book includes a helpful index which facilitates the reader’s orientation, and numerous notes ensure that it is also accessible to a broader public.”
Rafael Suter, University of Zurich,
Asiatische Studien / Etudes Asiatiques, 70(1), 2016
Table of contents
Note on Pronunciation of Chinese Words and Names Abbreviations Acknowledgements
Part I: The Future of Chinese Philosophy Objective Understanding and the Remaking of Chinese Culture (1990)
The Chinese Idea of Settling Oneself and Establishing One’s Destiny (1991)
Meeting at Goose Lake: The Great Synthesis in the Development of Chinese Culture and the Merging of Chinese and Western Tradition (1992)
Part II: Methodological Concepts and Problems of Chinese Philosophy Philosophy and the Perfect Teaching (1986)
Ten Great Doctrinal Disputes in the Development of Chinese Culture (1986)
Transcendental Analysis and Dialectical Synthesis (1993)
Part III: History of Chinese Philosophy Confucian Moral Metaphysics (1974)
Three Lineages of Song-Ming Confucianism (1974)
The Rise of Buddhist Learning in the Northern and Southern Dynasties, Sui, and Tang (1976)
The Place of the Tiantai Tradition in Chinese Buddhism (1978)
Appendix The Emergence of the Understanding from Enlightened Knowing-in-Itself Works Cited
Anyone interested in modern Chinese philosophy and thought, even those without previous knowledge of the subject, and any student of modern Chinese intellectual history.