English Writings of Hu Shih: Chinese Philosophy and Intellectual History Volume 2
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English Writings of Hu Shih: Chinese Philosophy and Intellectual History Volume 2

By (author) Hu Shih , Edited by Chih-P'Ing Chou

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Hu Shih (1891-1962),. In the 1910s, Hu studied at Cornell University and later Columbia University, both in the United States. At Columbia, he was greatly influenced by his professor, John Dewey, and became a lifelong advocate of pragmatic evolutionary change. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1917 and returned to lecture at Peking University. Hu soon became one of the leading and most influential intellectuals during the May Fourth Movement and later the New Culture Movement. His most widely recognized achievement during this period was as a key contributor to Chinese liberalism and language reform in his advocacy for the use of written vernacular Chinese. Hu Shih was the Republic of China's Ambassador to the United States of America (1938-1942) and later Chancellor of Peking University (1946-1948). In 1939 Hu Shih was nominated for a Nobel Prize in literature and in 1958 became president of the "Academia Sinica" in Taiwan, where he remained until his death in Nangang at the age of 71. This diverse collection brings together his English essays, speeches and academic papers, as well as book reviews, all written between 1919 and 1962. English Writings of Hu Shih represents his thinking and insights on such topics as scientific methodology, liberalism and democracy, and social problems. It can also serve as a helpful resource for those who study Hu Shih and his views on ancient and modern China. The first volume "Chinese Philosophy and Intellectual History" allows readers to trace the development of Chinese thought and see the historical methodology applied therein. The second volume "Literature and Society" mainly includes Hu Shih's works on language reform, which owing to his advocacy for the use of written vernacular Chinese were a success in both the educational and literary fields. The third volume "National Crisis and Public Diplomacy" mainly collects Hu's articles and speeches from his term as Ambassador of China to the U.S.A. between 1938 and 1942.

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  • Hardback | 306 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • 02 Feb 2013
  • Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
  • Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
  • Berlin
  • English
  • 2013 ed.
  • 1 colour illustrations, biography
  • 3642311806
  • 9783642311802

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Hu Shih (1891-1962), Chinese philosopher, historian and diplomat, is widely recognized as a key contributor to Chinese language reform, intellectual researches and public diplomacy. This collection of diverse content brings together his English essays, speeches, academic papers as well as book reviews from 1919 to 1962.English Writings of Hu Shih represents Hu Shih's thinking and insights on such topics of scientific methodology, liberalism and democracy, and social problems. It could also serve as a helpful resource for those who study Hu Shih and the ancient and modern China in his view.

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Hu Shih (1891-1962), Chinese philosopher, historian and diplomat. In the 1910s, Hu studied at Cornell University and later Columbia University, both in the United States. At Columbia, he was greatly influenced by his professor, John Dewey, and became a lifelong advocate of pragmatic evolutionary change. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1917 and returned to lecture at Peking University. Hu soon became one of the leading and most influential intellectuals during the May Fourth Movement and later the New Culture Movement. His most widely recognized achievement during this period was as a key contributor to Chinese liberalism and language reform in his advocacy for the use of written vernacular Chinese. Hu Shih was the Republic of China -s Ambassador to the United States of America (1938]C1942) and later Chancellor of Peking University (1946]C1948). In 1939 Hu Shih was nominated for a Nobel Prize in literature and in 1958 became president of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, where he remained until his death in Nangang at the age of 71.This diverse collection brings together his English essays, speeches and academic papers, as well as book reviews, all written between 1919 and 1962. English Writings of Hu Shih represents his thinking and insights on such topics as scientific methodology, liberalism and democracy, and social problems. It can also serve as a helpful resource for those who study Hu Shih and his views on ancient and modern China. "

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