The Philosophical Thought of Wang Chong

  • Alexus McLeod

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Alexus McLeod
    Pages 23-68
  3. Alexus McLeod
    Pages 69-129
  4. Alexus McLeod
    Pages 131-179
  5. Alexus McLeod
    Pages 181-199
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-257

About this book


This book is a study of the methodological, metaphysical, and epistemological work of the Eastern Han Dynasty period scholar Wang Chong. It presents Wang’s philosophical thought as a unique and syncretic culmination of a number of ideas developed in earlier Han and Warring States philosophy.  Wang’s philosophical methodology and his theories of truth, knowledge, and will and determinism offer solutions to a number of problems in the early Chinese tradition.  His views also have much to offer contemporary philosophy, suggesting new ways of thinking about familiar problems.  While Wang is best known as a critic and skeptic, Alexus McLeod argues that these aspects of his thought form only a part of a larger positive project, aimed at discerning truth in a variety of senses.


analytic philosophy Lunheng chinese thought confucius asian philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexus McLeod
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ConnecticutStorrs, CTUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-95290-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-95291-8
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