From Mohism to the school of names, from pragmatism to materialist dialectics: Chinese interpretations of Gongsun Longzi as a text and source of Chinese logic, 1919-1937

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This article aims at providing a general overview of the development of interpretational discourse on Gongsun Longzi (公孫龍子) as a text in Chinese logic in the timeframe between the May Fourth events in 1919 and the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese war in 1937. In my attempt to highlight the main interpretational approaches to the text and philosophy of Gongsun Long (公孫龍, 320 BC-250 BC) I will, on one hand, focus on the question whether or how the Western philosophies and notions of logic, such as for instance that of pragmatism, analytic philosophy and dialectical materialism, influenced the above-mentioned interpretations. On the other hand, aside from its contextual evolution I will also try to cast some new light on the main milestones of its textual re-emergence and development in the early Republican period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-538
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Communication of Chinese Culture
Volume7
Early online date17 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Gongsun Longzi
  • Republican China
  • school of names
  • Chinese logic
  • history of logic

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