Anticipating China: Thinking Through the Narratives of Chinese and Western Culture (c)


David L. Hall and Roger T. Ames


Albany, New York: State University of New York Press

Available From: CUP Services
Publication Date: 1995
ISBN: 0-7914-2477-4
Binding: cloth
Pages: xxiii, 334


By providing parallel accounts of the contrasting developments of classical Chinese and Western traditions, Anticipating Chinaoffers a means of avoiding the implicit cultural biases which so often distort Western understanding of Chinese intellectual culture. The book shows that failure to assess the significant cultural differences between China and the West has seriously affected our understanding of both classical and contemporary China, and makes the translation of attitudes, concepts, and issues extremely problematic.

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"The extensive and masterful command of Western philosophy, including the contemporary period, makes the book truly exciting instead of just another competent scholarly study. The bold insight of the authors is mountain air. The pure artistry of the writing rushes readers along until they are stopped by the shock of finding Hall and Ames saying exactly the right thing to illuminate important areas of cultural concern in at least four areas. The treatment of pre-Socratic philosophy is not just a rehash, but offers new insights (so much so that I thought of using it as a text in Ancient Philosophy class). The material on ancient China enriches what the authors began to do in Thinking Through Confucius. The assessments of differences between China and the West often render contemporary Western philosophers in new, illuminating perspective. Finally, the book contributes fundamentally, instead of anecdotally, to the enterprise of seeking to understand contemporary Asia. . ."

John Rothfork