Comparing Søren Kierkegaard and Feng Youlan on the Search for the True Self

Journal of Chinese Philosophy 40 (1):87-105 (2013)
  Copy   BIBTEX


This article attempts to compare the theories of life between Søren Kierkegaard and Feng Youlan. It will focus specifically on the identity of the self in Kierkegaard's “stages of life” and Feng's “realms of life” (rensheng jingjie 人生境界). Whereas Kierkegaard subscribes doctrinally to the Christian understanding of the self and claims that the highest stage of life is achievable only for the God-centered self, Feng draws his insights from the Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist traditions, which, by imposing human values onto the universe, runs the danger of rendering the self the very center of the “great whole” (daquan 大全). Moving beyond a descriptive comparison, I will argue that the Kierkegaardian stage theory includes a critique of Feng's realm doctrine, the latter appearing to be overly idealistic, missing the dark side of the human essence so succinctly pointed out by former and, consequently, falls short of offering a more realistic description of the self



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 84,213

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Feng Youlan du shu yu zuo ren.Youlan Feng - 2011 - Beijing: Guo ji wen hua chu ban gong si.
Feng Youlan tan zhe xue.Youlan Feng - 2006 - Beijing: Dang dai shi jie chu ban she.
Feng Youlan xuan ji =.Youlan Feng - 2005 - Changchun Shi: Jilin ren min chu ban she. Edited by Lai Chen.
Feng Youlan zi shu.Youlan Feng - 2004 - Beijing: Zhongguo ren min da xue chu ban she.
Selected philosophical writings of Fung Yu-lan.Youlan Feng - 1991 - Beijing: Foreign Language Press.
Nouveau traité sur l'homme.Youlan Feng - 2006 - Paris: Institut Ricci. Edited by Michel Masson.
Ren sheng zhe xue.Youlan Feng - 2005 - Guilin Shi: Guangxi shi fan da xue chu ban she.
Kierkegaard's aesthete and unamuno's.Jan E. Evans & C. Stephen Evans - 2004 - Philosophy and Literature 28 (2).
The concept of the highest good in Kierkegaard and Kant.Roe Fremstedal - 2011 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 69 (3):155-171.


Added to PP

35 (#360,854)

6 months
3 (#247,199)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references