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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

ISSN 1673-3436

ISSN 1673-355X(Online)

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Front. Philos. China    2006, Vol. 1 Issue (4) : 517-538     DOI: 10.1007/s11466-006-0023-6
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The evolution of tianxia cosmology and its philosophical implications
Liu Junping
School of Foreign Languages, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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Abstract  The terminology tianxia has both historical evolution and cultural and philosophical connotations. This concept not only denotes a geographical and spatial meaning, but also implies the moral construct of metaphysics. A systematic study of its historical and cultural repercussions can show that the evolution of the meaning tianxia  not only embodies the cosmological construction, moral belief and self-identity of the Chinese nation, but also manifests the historical processes of modern China evolving from tianxia  to a modern nation-state. Meanwhile, the deconstruction of the tianxia cosmology has shattered the old Chinese concept of a single united tianxia, or the whole world under one Heaven. Also, Confucian China  has been increasingly losing its vitality and strong hold on the people, while the concept of nation-state has gained its way into people s consciousness, which has added more diversity and open-mindedness to the concept of tianxia.
Issue Date: 05 December 2006
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http://academic.hep.com.cn/fpc/EN/10.1007/s11466-006-0023-6     OR     http://academic.hep.com.cn/fpc/EN/Y2006/V1/I4/517
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