Shadowlands of Objectivism and Comprehensiveness

An Introduction to Key Concepts in Zhang Shenfu’s Philosophical Thought (1919–1948)

  • Jan Vrhovski Charles University, Prague, Czechia
Keywords: Zhang Shenfu, objectivism, comprehensiveness, modern Chinese philosophy, dialectical materialism, Western science, mathematical logic

Abstract

The article aims at presenting an overview of the main concepts in the philosophical thought of Zhang Shenfu, one of the leading intellectuals from Republican China (1912–1949). The study sets out from a brief summary of Zhang’s intellectual achievements, and proceeds by offering a more concise picture of the main influences, developmental stages and finally also central ideas of Zhang’s thought. By offering a general view on the concrete confluences and dissonances between the keystones of Zhang’s philosophy on one side, and its alleged sources in Western and Chinese philosophy on the other, this study further aims at presenting a new insight into the unique characteristics of Zhang’s philosophy. At the same time, by setting the discussion on Zhang’s philosophy in a broader context of contemporary intellectual discourse, the article also endeavours to establish a tentative basis for the future critical analyses and potential revaluations of Zhang Shenfu’s role in intellectual history of modern China.

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Published
2021-01-08
How to Cite
VrhovskiJ. (2021). Shadowlands of Objectivism and Comprehensiveness. Asian Studies, 9(1), 227-262. https://doi.org/10.4312/as.2021.9.1.227-262
Section
Modern Chinese Intellectual History