Research Article

Frontiers of Philosophy in China

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 114-133

First online:

“The westward spread of Chinese philosophy” and Marxism

  • Yunyi ZhangAffiliated withSchool of Philosophy, Shanghai Normal University Email author 


Chinese philosophy was transmitted to Europe in the 18th century through “Deism,” “organic philosophy,” “pure reason,” “absolute idea,” etc., and was absorbed by modern European philosophers. Chinese philosophy has also, via German classical philosophy, directly as well as indirectly influenced Marx and been absorbed into his philosophy. There is a cultural-psychological reason for the Chinese acceptance of Marxism. However, due to the influence of Occidentalism, this period of history has long been neglected.


Chinese zeal reason German classical philosophy Marxism