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Has Man a Future?

Dialogues with the Last Confucian

Liang, Shu Ming, Alitto, Guy S.

2013, XI, 252 p.

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  • Engrossing dialogues between the aged Chinese Confucian and an American sinologist
  •  Includes Liang’s reflections on his contact with many famous people in the cultural and political realms
  •  A valuable reference work on the research and understanding of modern China in the first half of the 20th century

Liang Shu-ming (October 18, 1893 – June 23, 1988), was a legendary philosopher, teacher, and leader in the Rural Reconstruction Movement in the late Qing Dynasty and early Republican eras of Chinese history. Liang was also one of the early representatives of modern Neo-Confucianism. Guy S. Alitto, associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations (EALC) at The University of Chicago, is author of, among other things, The Last Confucian: Liang Shu-ming and the Chinese Dilemma of Modernity, and is one of the most active and influential Sinologists in America. In 1980 and again in 1984, at Liang Shu-ming’s invitation, he conducted a series of interviews with Liang in Liang's Beijing home.  This book of dialogues between the American sinologist and “The Last Confucian”, Liang Shu-ming, gives a chronological account of the conversations that took place in Beijing in 1980. In these conversations, they discussed the cultural characteristics of Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, and their representative figures, and reviewed the important activities of Mr. Liang’s life, along with Liang’s reflection on his contact with many famous people in the cultural and political realms – Li Dazhao, Chen Duxiu, Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Chiang Kai-shek, Kang Youwei, Hu Shi, etc. Rich in content, these conversations serve as important reference material for understanding and studying Mr. Liang Shuming’s thoughts and activities as well as the social and historical events of modern China.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » China - Confucianism - Liang Shuming

Table of contents 

Preface.- Introduction.- Chapter 1: August 12, 1980.- Chapter 2: August 13, 1980.- Chapter 3: August 14,1980.- Chapter 4: August 15, 1980.- Chapter 5: August 16, 1980.- Chapter 6: August 17, 1980.- Chapter 7: August 18, 1980.- Chapter 8: August 19, 1980.- Chapter 9: August 20, 1980.- Chapter 10: August 21, 1980.- Chapter 11: August 22, 1980.- Chapter 12: August 24, 1980.- Chapter 13: August 25, 1980.

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