Transforming Consciousness: Yogacara Thought In Modern China.

Transforming Consciousness: Yogacara Thought In Modern China

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ISBN details

  • ISBN 10: 0199358133
  • ISBN 13: 9780199358137


Overview

Transforming Consciousness forces us to rethink the entire project in modern China of the translation of the West." Taken together, the chapters develop a wide-ranging and deeply sourced argument that Yogacara Buddhism played a much more important role in the development of modern Chinese thought (including philosophy, religion, scientific thinking, social, thought, and more) than has previously been recognized. They show that Yogacara Buddhism enabled key intellectuals of the late Qingand early Republic to understand, accept, modify, and critique central elements of Western social, political, and scientific thought. The chapters cover the entire period of Yogacara's distinct shaping of modern Chinese intellectual movements, from its roots in Meiji Japan through its impact on New Confucianism. If non-Buddhists found Yogacara useful as an indigenous form of logic and scientific thinking, Buddhists found it useful in thinking through the fundamental principles of the Mahayana school, textual criticism, and reforming the canon. This is a crucial intervention into contemporary scholarly understandings of China's twentieth century, and it comes at a moment in which increasing attention is being paid to modern Chinese thought, both in Western scholarship and within China."

Other Details

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Language: En
  • Format: print
  • Edition: 1
  • Dimensions: xiii, 436 pages ; 25 cm
  • Pages: 460
  • Date Published: 2014
  • Authors: John Makeham