chinese philosophy

Yan Xuetong: How China Can Defeat America

Yan Xuetong, professor of political science and dean of the Institute of Modern International Relations at Tsinghua University, writes in the New York Times that ancient Chinese philosophy may hold the answer to who wins the...

2011 Angus Graham Memorial Lectures Now Online

SOAS Radio has posted a pair of lectures in memory of the late British Sinologist, Angus Graham, by Professor Liu Xiaogan of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The first talk discusses “A Taoistic Sense of Social...

Political Confucianism’s Coming of Age

Following the installation of his statue in Tiananmen Square last month, Global Voices charts the gradual rehabilitation of Confucius in China, and examines the domestic and foreign policy implications that may lie behind the...

The Newest Mandarins – Annping Chin

In the New York Times Magazine, Yale University History professor Annping Chin writes about contemporary interpretations of the classics in China: Scores of men and women in China’s business world today are studying their country’s classical texts, not just “The Art of War,” but also early works from the Confucian and the Daoist canon. On […]

Ancient sage opens the way to peace of modern powers – Bronwen Maddox

From The Independent (link): OH, NOT The Art of War again. When President Hu of China meets President Bush today he will hand him a copy of the classic work on military strategy by Sun Tzu, the Chinese 6th-century philosopher, according to the South China Morning Post. The book, a favourite gift in diplomatic encounters, […]

Westerners and Easterners see the world differently – Zeeya Merali

From New Scientist: Chinese and American people see the world differently – literally. While Americans focus on the central objects of photographs, Chinese individuals pay more attention to the image as a whole, according to psychologists at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, US. “There is plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting that Western and […]

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