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Neo-Confucian Moral Thought and Its Modern Legacy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 March 2011

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In his trail-blazing book, Escape from Predicament, Thomas Metzger opens up new vistas on both Neo-Confucianism and modern Chinese thought. In this article I intend to engage not so much in a critique of his book as in a dialogue that he and I have carried on for a number of years.

Review Symposium: Thomas A. Metzger's Escape from Predicament
Copyright © The Association for Asian Studies, Inc. 1980

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