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September 25, 2013

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A cause worth fighting for. I once had an exchange w/ Dr. Daniel Robinson, Oxford, Yale, etc... credentials galore. His final argument was, "... I'm only interested in philosophy that has endured Western scrutiny". Shame.

It is not only in the West that Chinese philosophy is overlooked. On Taiwan in the 1950's, Xu Fuguan (徐复观), then Chairman of the Chinese Department at Donghai University, allowed a student in the philosophy department who was not allowed by that department to study Chinese philosophy to transfter to the Chinese Department where Xu allowed the student to read Chinese philosophical literature. That student was the now renowned philosopher Du Weiming (杜维明)。

Curious how I was also thinking of Tu Weiming while reading this post.

If Chinese philosophies ancient and modern ever enter the general stream of discourse in the States, perhaps the occurrence will happen because Americans and Chinese have reduced their tendencies to see themselves as sui generis, and more as parts of humanity at large. Academia has played a significant part in the thrall of Sina Exotica, esp. in the States. Your blog exhibits your own desire to "mainstream" Chinese philosophy, all to the good. Since the Master himself emphasized moral suasion, you really do have a long march. Still, the default preference in both cultures is for Hsiao K'ang rather than Ta T'ung- and I wish you luck in convincing Chinese AND Americans of any other way.

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