Ronnie Littlejohn is Virginia M. Chaney Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of Asian Studies at Belmont University. He is author of four books, including introductions to Confucianism and Daoism in the I.B. Tauris Academic Studies of Religions Series. He is Co-Editor with Jeffrrey Dippmann of Riding the Wind with Liezi: New Essays on a Daoist Classic (SUNY Press) and with Marthe Chandler of Polishing the Chinese Mirror: Essays in Honor of Henry Rosemont, Jr., as well as over 50 articles. His field research is with Daoshi lineages in Fujian province. He was one of three American scholars chosen to give a Keynote Presentation at the First International Forum on Laozi and Daoist Culture sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Beijing. In November 2009, he made one of the dedicatory addresses for the Laozi and Daoist Culture Center, at the birthplace of Laozi in Luyi County, Zhoukou City, Henan Province, China.
This paper provides an overview of some of the most significant engagements and appropriations of Western philosophy by Chinese intellectuals. Both the process of translation of Western philosophical texts and the importance of historical and cultural upheavals in China are contextualized into a schematic periodization which sheds light on the divergent ways in which Chinese philosophers have engaged Western philosophy since the 16th century.
How to Cite:
Littlejohn, R., (2015). Chinese Receptions of Western Philosophy. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. 22(1), pp.38–48. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.136