Brecht and Chinese Philosophy

Philosophy and Literature 1 (3):307-324 (1977)

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The article is intended to show that bertolt brecht absorbed foreign materials, In this case chinese philosophy, And transformed them into new intellectual experiences and visions which were strictly his own. The author examines the thought of five chinese philosophers, Confucius, Lao-Tzu, Mencius and chuang-Tzu and mo-Tzu, With whom brecht became familiar. Since chinese philosophers are essentially social philosophers, Brecht read them in order to find guidance in his search for a political and social theory which was to become the basis of his literary work. The study of chinese philosophy led brecht to modify his marxism in a way which amounts to a reinvention of it

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