The Mutual Cultivation of Self and Things

The Mutual Cultivation of Self and Things

A Contemporary Chinese Philosophy of the Meaning of Being
Yang Guorong, foreword by Hans-Georg Moeller, translated by Chad Austin Meyers
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 04/15/2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-02111-3
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Yang Guorong is one of the most prominent Chinese philosophers working today and is best known for using the full range of Chinese philosophical resources in connection with the thought of Kant, Hegel, Marx, and Heidegger. In The Mutual Cultivation of Self and Things, Yang grapples with the philosophical problem of how the complexly interwoven nature of things and being relates to human nature, values, affairs, and facts, and ultimately creates a world of meaning. Yang outlines how humans might live more fully integrated lives on philosophical, religious, cultural, aesthetic, and material planes. This first English translation introduces current, influential work from China to readers worldwide.

Author Bio

Yang Guorong is Zijiang University Professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai and a leading figure in Chinese philosophy. He has published ten books on classical Confucianism, neo-confucianism, Daoism, modern Chinese thought, and Chinese and Western philosophy.

Chad Austin Meyers is a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese philosophy at East China Normal University. He has published "An Outline of a Concrete Metaphysics" and "Yang Guorong's Concrete Metaphysics" in Contemporary Chinese Thought.


“[F]or students of Chinese religions and philosophies [this] book will  prove to  be an  exclusive and  valuable  experience  in encountering the vast repository of the multifarious resources of the  Chinese  intellectual  heritage.”
 — Religious Studies Review

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Table of Contents

Preface Context and Concepts: Yang Guorong’s Concrete Metaphysics
Hans-Georg Moeller
1. Meaning in the Context of Accomplishing Oneself and Accomplishing Things
2. Human Capacities and a World of Meaning
3. Systems of Norms and the Genesis of Meaning
4. Meaning in the World of Spirit
5. Meaning and Reality
6. Meaning and the Individual
7. Accomplishing Oneself and Accomplishing Things: Value in a World of Meaning

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