Title

Wang Guowei's Application of Kant

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Abstract

Wang Guowei (1887-1927) was a late Qing scholar who assumed a pioneer role in introducing Western philosophy and is regarded as the founder of Chinese ideas about philosophical and literary-aesthetic modernity. His introduction and interpretation not only has been inspiring later scholars to be interested in European philosophy but also being a “showcase” of the “localness” of a cultural interpretation. This paper focuses on Kant’s influence on Wang Guowei, especially Wang’s use of Kant’s epistemological, ethical and aesthetic theories to reconstruct the important Chinese philosophical conceptions, such as, xing 性, li 理, ming 命, ya 雅 and what he called as Confucius’ meiyuzhuyi 美育主義 (aesthetic educational-ism) and aims to achieve a better grasp of the continuity and revolution that accompany the emergence of Chinese modernity as well as a better understanding of comparative culture (philosophy) in its “primitive” phase.

DOI

10.16995/ane.138

Publisher

Open Library of Humanities

Publication Information

ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
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