Chinese Political Philosophy

Chinese Political Philosophy

Chinese Political Philosophy

Chinese Political Philosophy

Excerpt

This little book lays no claim to being a thorough or even an adequate study of Chinese political thought. It is nothing more than a modest effort to suggest a point of view which is both familiar and simple: sound logical procedure requires that in analogical reasoning we should note significant differences as well as striking resemblances lest the latter influence us unduly in the formation of our conclusions.

This small volume is simply the expression of the belief that the West will always be better prepared to understand the East in the field of political thought or in any of the other branches of civilization when it observes the injunction of the Delphic Oracle to know itself better.

In studies which compare one's own culture with that of another land, it chances all too frequently that misleading analogies, which lead to a falsification of perspective, are due as often to insufficient analysis of one's own culture as to lack of intimate acquaintance with the foreign culture in question.

Accordingly, if it appears in the following pages that too much account is taken of differences and not enough of resemblances, and that too much space is given to the debt which the West owes to the Greeks, my only excuse is the conviction that, at the present time, such apparent onesidedness is needed to redress a balance.

I wish to acknowledge the kindness of the Open Court . . .

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