The Concept of Man in Contemporary China
Considers the connections between politics, education, and distinctly Chinese theories of mind
The Concept of Man in Contemporary China claims that the most striking political theories and policies of the contemporary period rest on distinctly Chinese theories of mind. Many of these theories contrast dramatically with long-held Western beliefs, key among them the insistence on the commingling of rational thought, the emotions, and motives. Focusing on the Maoist period (1940s through 1976), Munro reveals convergences between Confucian and Maoist theories of mind, and considers their application in both education and the practice of modern government.
Part of a trilogy exploring how ideas about human nature have shaped practices of social control and education over the course of Chinese history, this volume follows The Concept of Man in Early China and precedes The Imperial Style of Inquiry in Twentieth-Century China.
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