A Short History of Chinese Philosophy

A Short History of Chinese Philosophy

A Short History of Chinese Philosophy

A Short History of Chinese Philosophy

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Chinese philosophy has long been omitted from the histories of philosophy written by Western bourgeois scholars. At the same time there are "national characteristics" groups of both traditional and modern type in China who vaunt the superiority of Chinese philosophy, making no distinction between its merits and defects and enshrouding it in an air of mystery. Those who omit it entirely and those who claim the superiority of Chinese philosophy appear to belong to two opposing camps, but they actually complement each other -- they are in short all idealists. This is at once apparent when we see that in dealing with the problem of accepting our cultural heritage the imperialists and the feudal reactionaries form a close alliance and support each other in their views. The real polarity is between these idealist distorters of the history of Chinese philosophy and those who have tried to make a really scientific analysis of its development.

In the course of its continuous development over a period of some four thousand years, there have been, in Chinese philosophy as in the philosophies of other nations, two different national cultures and two opposing . . .

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