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Chinese Dialectics: From Yijing to Marxism Hardcover – May 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0739109229 ISBN-10: 0739109227

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739109227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739109229
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,571,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will make a significant contribution into the field of Chinese philosophy and Chinese intellectual history....I would require my undergraduate and graduate students in philosophy to read it....The last chapter is very unique and gives a timely warning about Chinese style of liberalism. (Robin Wang, director of Asian and Pacific studies and professor of philosophy, Loyola Marymount University)

Chenshan Tian's brilliant study forces us to rethink conventional accounts of the reception of Marxism in East Asia, particularly in China. Drawing on untranslated Chinese primary sources, Tian convincingly argues that the integration of major Marxist concepts occurred within the larger intellectual and cultural framework of Chinese tongbian philosophy. This book is a major contribution to the growing discipline of comparative political theory. (Manfred B. Steger, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa)

By drawing in detail on a long and powerful tradition in Chinese philosophy, this book shows that the conventional understandings of Chinese Marxism demand careful reconsideration. It turns out, indeed, that getting this straight casts new light on current debates. An important book. (Peter T. Manicas, director, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, University of Hawai'i at Manoa)

Chenshan Tian's book is an important contribution to the study of Chinese dialectical materialism. His argument that Marxist dialectics was received in China through the lens of tongbian or 'continuity through change' is well-sustained. Concise, insightful, and excellent in scholarship. (Chenyang Li, professor and Department Chair, Philosophy, Central Washington University)

This is a most welcome monograph drawing upon both philosophy and political science to make explicit what has only been hinted at by our best interpreters of modern China. In this rigorously reasoned analysis, Tian Chenshan crafts a subtle yet compelling argument that the dialectical sensibilities of Chinese Marxism are distinctively Chinese, informed as this 'modern' Marxist way of thinking is by persistent cosmological assumptions recovered from the canons of Chinese philosophy, especially the biantong dialectic endorsed by the Book of Changes (Yijing). (Roger T. Ames, professor of philosophy, University of Hawaii)

An important contribution to the study of Chinese dialectical materialism. . . . Tian Chenshan's book on this much-neglected topic is indispensable for those who want to understand the intellectual history of China. (Journal Of The Royal Anthropological Institute)

Chenshan Tian's book is a rare combination of excellent comparative philosophy and critical depth. It is analytically keen and extraordinarily informative about the geography and heritages of political philosophy. (Michael J. Shapiro, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii)

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Chenshan Tian is special programs coordinator, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Hawaii.

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This study gives the reader a key for understanding chinese marxism and the reception of marxism in China. It gives some clue why marxism is a succes in china. Marxism was a faillure in the west and so chinese marxism is an enigma to the west ( as is market socialism with chinese charateristics ). The mantra of " Chinese caracteristics " is clarified. A bridge to understanding complex east-west relations. Highly recommanded.
Victor Wesseling.
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They say that a good question always raises more questions then answers and this book was written in this kind of spirit and context.

A big question that underlined the subject which discussed in this book is this,"What exactly is Humanity?". Oh,oh,...this archaic question is not easy to answer! Billions of peoples live on earth, so there will be billions of answers to that. Author aware of this fact, so basically he just tells readers a new outlook then let's them to answer it from their own personal points of views.

It's difficult reading especially for one who are not familiar with traditional customs but it is definitely a good book.
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