“The westward spread of Chinese philosophy” and Marxism Research Article First Online: 10 February 2011 Received: 30 December 2009 DOI:
Cite this article as: Zhang, Y. Front. Philos. China (2011) 6: 114. doi:10.1007/s11466-011-0128-4 Abstract
Chinese philosophy was transmitted to Europe in the 18
th 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. Keywords Chinese zeal reason German classical philosophy Marxism References
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