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.
Preface Context and Concepts: Yang Guorong’s Concrete Metaphysics
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
"[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."
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