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Title: The philosophy of Hsun-tze
Author: Wong, Pui-Yee
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1978
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This thesis offers an expository study and an examination of Hsun-tze's main thought, and an investigation of his position in Chinese history. His theory that Man's Nature is Evil has been a focus of dispute; nevertheless, the unfavourable charges against him are often too brief to explain its theoretical difficulties. His theories of knowledge and of politics have recently attracted considerable attention. However, scholarly attentions have been selective: it is not possible to properly understand the main aspects of Hsun-tze's thought without attempting a comprehensive study of his essential system of thought. His theories of knowledge and of politics are only of secondary concern in his philosophical system. His theory of the Mind, however, is the very essence of his thought. This theory has been scarcely studied, and the interrelations of his main theories have also been neglected. The First Part of this thesis attempts to investigate his theories of human nature, of knowledge, of Tao or the Ultimate Principle, and of politics and to show how they are linked. These studies make up a systematic account of his theory of the Mind. The Second Part examines the theoretical difficulties of his theories, points out their structural deficiencies and evaluates their philosophical contribution. The Epilogue aims at revealing the spirit of his thought, in order to investigate his significance in Chinese philosophy and culture. Some arguments in favour of Hsun-tze against his critics are presented here, though such a defence is not the main purpose of this thesis. That purpose is, primarily and ultimately, an attempt to establish an appraisal of Hsun-tze's philosophical and historical position.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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