An Intellectual History of China, Volume One, translated by Michael S. Duke and Josephine Chiu-Duke (2014)

Publication title: An Intellectual History of China, Volume One: Knowledge, Thought, and Belief before the Seventh Century CE

Publication year: 2014

Author: Translated by Michael S. Duke and Josephine Chiu-Duke

About the book

In An Intellectual History of China, Professor Ge Zhaoguang presents a history of traditional Chinese knowledge, thought and belief to the late six century CE with a new approach offering a new perspective. It appropriates a wide range of source materials and emphasizes the necessity of understanding ideas and thought in their proper historical contexts. Its analytical narrative focuses on the dialectical interaction between historical background and intellectual thought. While discussing the complex dynamics of interaction among the intellectual thought of elite Chinese scholars, their historical conditions, their canonical texts and the “worlds of general knowledge, thought and belief,” it also illuminates the significance of key issues such as the formation of the Chinese world order and its underlying value system, the origins of Chinese cultural identity and foreign influences.