John Makeham

in Transforming Consciousness

Published in print April 2014 | ISBN: 9780199358120
Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199358205 | DOI:

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After setting out the aims of the volume, the first section presents an overview of Yogācāra in pre-twentieth-century China: its beginnings and consolidation from the fifth century through to the mid-Tang; post-Tang decline; and late-Ming to early Qing revival. The second section turns to the main subject of the volume: the reception of Yogācāra in twentieth-century China. It does this by introducing three major themes that run throughout the volume: the relation of Yogācāra to logic, science, and New Confucian thought. An introduction to these three themes anticipates several key questions animating discussions in individual chapters of the volume, including: What role did the Yogācāra revival in the early decades of the twentieth century play in Chinese responses to the challenges of modernity? Why did Chinese intellectuals turn to a tradition that is not Chinese?

Keywords: Yogācāra; China; modernity; logic; science; New Confucian thought; tradition

Chapter.  15947 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism ; Philosophy of Religion

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