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  • Series: World Heritage studies in comparative philosophy
  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: World Heritage Press (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896064183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896064185
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,109,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Smith on December 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
I know business-leaders, journalists and other professionals who
are extremely anxious to know how China will transform as it experiments
with what we in the West call market capitalism. For this reason, a
study which explains how the Chinese people are likely to see themselves
in an ethical, or utilitarian, context in the midst of this economic
catharsis is extremely valuable. Sino-Western Relationship are rarely
infused with much understanding. But because of her unique background
Prof. Yan gives us a chance to look into the crystal ball and to
prognosticate some hope vis-a-vis modern China, and to understand Chinese
tradition, Chinese philosophy, and important social developments in China in a
way which goes far beyond the usual academic nuances, of which I must
say immediately, I strongly recommend this book.
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By Victor Jung on December 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
I would like to introduce a good book to all Amazon readers. Let me use the Preface written by Professor Julia Ching, a worldly well-known professor in the area of Chinese philosophy and religion, as the best introduction of the book.
Preface By Professor Julia Ching, University of Toronto
What have philosophers in China been discussing in the recent decades? What are they saying about various tendencies in Western philosophy, especially in English-speaking philosophy?
Owing to the language barrier, few can answer these questions satisfactorily. Into this near-vacuum enters Jinfen Yan's study of the contemporary state of utilitarianism in China. It offers a rare and comprehensive glimpse into one such discussion. Her work deals with controversies about the ethical life , aired in philosophical debates in learned periodicals and in the newspapers.
Jinfen Yan gives a good background understanding of the utilitarian tradition in the West and points its differences with the traditional Chinese tradition, such as embodied in the Confucian text Mencius. But she also shows how utilitarian ideas akin to those of the West ate reflected in early Chinese schools, including especially those of Mohism ans Legalism. She does not forger Confucianism itself, throughout its development in the history of Chinese thought; since the place of utilitarianism in Confucian philosophy is manifested, for example, in debates between Zhu Xi and Chen Ling in the Song Dynasty. And she goes back to the Chinese past, also without neglecting the contemporary situation, in comparing and contrasting Chinese and Western "utilitarianism,?showing as well utilitarian elements in Chinese Marxism. Her critical discussions extend also to twentieth-century Confucianism.
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How to judge Chinese tradition in today's multicultural world? This is the first book, as I know, bravely explores utilitarian theories in Chinese thought and tradition. In today's China facing getting rich and to be moral Chinese people have been looking for a way between Western culture and Chinese tradition: Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism and philosophies of GuanZi and Hanfei Zi, of Yi Jing, Zhuang Zi, and Mo Zi ..... This book is the one for people to learn and to think. Especially in this new historical period, the "door of the country opened", the great leaders and the "great designer" (of Chinese political and economic development) died. The door of the country is to be opened widely to the whole world. Yan Jinfen's book gives me a fresh perspective to rethink the years our generation have been experienced and will be experienced. We are exciting and worry. we are not very familiar with neither Western culture nor our own tradition. The book collected up-dated information from key research branches of Chinese social sciences and creatively put them in a system which makes Chinese tradition concisely stated. The book makes valuable materials from China accessible to western readers. It will be more and more attractive to Chinese readers when more and more people who, like me, read academic books in English and are doing Chinese studies seriously.
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I know business-leaders, journalists and other professionals who are extremely anxious to know how China will transform as it experiments with what we in the West call market capitalism.
For this reason, a study which explains how the Chinese people are likely to see themselves in an ethical, or utilitarian, context in the midst of this economic catharsis is extremely valuable. Sino-Western Relationship are rarely infused with much understanding.
But because of her unique background Prof. Yan gives us a chance to look into the crystal ball and to prognosticate some hope vis-a-vis modern China, and to understand Chinese tradition, Chinese philosophy, and important social developments in China in a way which goes far beyond the usual academic nuances, of which I must say immediately, I strongly recommend this book.
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