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The hall of three pines : an account of my life
Feng, Youlan, 1895-1990.
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San sung tʻang tzu hsü. English
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Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, [2000]

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xii, 409 pages ; 24 cm.
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B5234.F44 A3713 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Feng Youlan was one of 20th-century China's leading philosophers and a historian of Chinese philosophy. This text presents his autobiography, which Youlan likens to ancient authors who, on completing their work wrote another piece recounting their origins, experiences and a plan of their work.

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Feng Youlan (1895-1990) authored The Spirit of Chinese Philosophy (1970, 1947), the first comprehensive history of Chinese philosophy, edited China's first academic journal of philosophy, and helped establish philosophy as a discipline in China. This book is an overall preface to his writings and covers the period from the 1890s to the 1980s. Like The Autobiography of Giambattista Vico (1975,1944), Feng Youlan's account of his life traces his development in terms of the familial, academic, and political context of his life and publications. Unlike Vico, for whom divine providence shapes the course of history, Feng Youlan's atheism leads him to focus on nature and especially human persons. His style is clear and understandable though occasionally repetitive. In the context of his life, he deals with society, philosophy, and Chinese universities. A characteristic of his views is the breaking down of boundaries between East and West, and his major work was a comparative study of Chinese and Western philosophy. He fostered the break away from China's semifeudal, semicolonial past and also wondered about how to inherit the spiritual heritage of the past. Although there were many shifts in his philosophy, he was in general agreement with the great cultural leap to Marxism-Leninism. General readers and all academic levels. D. A. Haney; Marywood University