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The Changing Status of Chinese Philosophy


  • Peimin Ni

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    1. Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan
    • PEIMIN NI, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Grand Valley State University. Specialties: classic Confucianism, early modern Western philosophy, comparative philosophy. E-mail:

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The article tries to stress the historical nature of the issue about the “legitimacy of Chinese philosophy.” It argues that we are facing an era in which the question will no longer be whether the thoughts of traditional Chinese masters can be comfortably adopted by a foreign “family”; instead, it will be whether we can make the marriage of Chinese traditional thoughts and Western philosophy a constructive process through which philosophy, whether Chinese or Western, can be rejuvenated with renewed legitimacy under the title originally coined by the Greeks, namely the love of wisdom.