Thome H. Fang, Tang Junyi and Huayan Thought

A Confucian Appropriation of Buddhist Ideas in Response to Scientism in Twentieth-Century China

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King Pong Chiu
Modern Chinese Philosophy
  • Leiden, Netherlands: 
    , March
     258 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


In Thomé H. Fang, Tang Junyi and Huayan Thought, King Pong Chiu discusses Thomé H. Fang and Tang Junyi, two of the most important Confucian thinkers in twentieth-century China, who appropriated aspects of the medieval Chinese Buddhist school of Huayan to develop a response to the challenges of ‘scientism’, the belief that quantitative natural science is the only valuable part of human learning and the only source of truth.

As Chiu argues, Fang’s and Tang’s selective appropriations of Huayan thought paid heed to the hermeneutical importance of studying ancient texts in order to be more responsive to modern issues, and helped confirm the values of Confucianism under the challenge of ‘scientism’, a topic widely ignored in academia.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

King Pong Chiu, Ph. D. (2014) in Religions and Theology, University of Manchester, lectures on Chinese philosophy at Chi Lin Nunnery 志蓮淨苑, Hong Kong. His research interests are mainly Contemporary Neo-Confucianism and its relationship with Buddhism.

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