Preface * Introduction * Marx, Marxist Philosophy and the Construction of 'Orthodoxy' * Qu Qiubai and the Origins of Marxist Philosophy in China - In defence of materialism * Qu Qiubai and the Origins of Marxist Philosophy in China - The dilemma nof determinism * The New Philosophy and Marxist Philosophy in China * Ai Siqi and Mao Zedong - The role of philosopher to the Chinese nCommunist movement * Ai Siqi on the New Philosophy - The laws and logic of dialectical nmaterialism * Li Da and Marxist Philosophy in China * Mao Zedong and the New Philosophy * Mao Zedong on Dialectical Materialism * From the New Philosophy to 'Mao Zedong Thought' - The role of the nYanan New Philosophy Association * Conclusion - Marxist Philosophy in China, 1923-1945 * Bibliography * INDEX *
This book recounts the history of Marxist philosophy in China between 1923 and 1945 through the writings and activities of four philosophers: Qu Qiubai, Ai Siqi, Li Da and Mao Zedong. Two of these philosophers - Qu and Mao - were also political activists and leaders, but their contribution to this history is as important, if not more so, than the contribution of Ai and Li who were predominantly philosophers and scholars. The inclusion of Qu and Mao underlines the intimate connection between philosophy and politics in the revolutionary movement in China. It is not possible to speak credibly of Marxist philosophy in China without considering the political context within which its introduction, elaboration and dissemination proceeded. Indeed, each of the philosophers considered in this book repudiated the notion that the study of philosophy was a scholastic intellectual exercise devoid of political significance. Each of these philosophers regarded himself as a revolutionary, and considered philosophy to be useful precisely because it could facilitate a comprehension of the world and so accelerate efforts to change it. By the same token, each of these philosophers took philosophy seriously; each bent his mind to the daunting task of mastering the arcane and labyrinthian philosophical system of dialectical materialism. Philosophy might well be political, they believed, but this was no excuse for philosophical dilettantism.
First detailed history in English of Marxist philosophy in China during its formative years, 1923-1945
A major contribution to the study of the formation of the Chinese Communist Party's ideology
First comparative study of the contribution of four major philosophers to the introduction to China and elaboration of Marxist philosophy to China. These philosophers are Qu Qiubai, Ai Siqi, Li Da and Mao Zedong
First study in English to focus on the philosophical thought of Qu Qiubai, a major intellectual and political figure in the early history of the Chinese Communist Party
A major contribution to the comparative study of the history of Marxist philosophy