Living Chinese Philosophy

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Roger T. Ames


 The title of this essay, ›Living Chinese Philosophy‹ is a double entendre that captures the transformative nature of Chinese philosophy for those who study it, and the fact that it is a philosophical tradition taking the ordinary affairs of the day as both source of philosophical reflection and warrant for the conclusions reached. The goal of the canonical texts is not only to provide a vocabulary for thinking cogently about philosophical issues, but more importantly to encourage a personal cultivation directed at making one’s life significant and transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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Ames, R. T. (2016). Living Chinese Philosophy. Confluence: Journal of World Philosophies, 2. Retrieved from