Thomé H. Fang

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Thomé H. Fang
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Thomé H. Fang
Born(1899-02-09)February 9, 1899
DiedJuly 13, 1977(1977-07-13) (aged 78)
OccupationChinese philosopher

Thomé H. Fang (Chinese :方東美; pinyin :Fāng Dōngměi) was a Chinese philosopher.


From 1925 to 1948, Thomé H. Fang taught at several universities in China, mostly at the National Central University (later renamed Nanjing University and reinstated in Taiwan), in Nanking and Chungking. Then he taught at National Taiwan University. [1]

Thomé H. Fang was the 16th generation descendant of Fang Bao, a Qing dynasty scholar and a relative of his contemporary Fang Chih, a Chinese diplomat.

Professor Charles A. Moore considered him the "greatest philosopher of China." [2]


Thomé H. Fang was born on 9 February 1899 [3] (according to the Lunar Calendar) of a family in Tong Cheng, An-hui, China, that has produced scholars, thinkers, and men of letters in Chinese classics, including several Royal Tutors at the Imperial Palace during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (such as Fang Gongcheng, Fang Guanchen, etc.), [4] (Thomé H. Fang—whose official name was Fang Hsün, personal name: Dong-mei, meaning thereby “Eastern Beauty”—is the sixteenth generation descendant of Fang Bao (方苞, pinyin: Fāng Bāo, Wade-Giles: Fang Pao, 1668-1749), [5] one of the founders of the famous Tongcheng School (桐城派, pinyin: Tóngchéng pài, Wade-Giles: T'ung-ch'eng p'ai) [6] in the history of Chinese literary theory. [7]


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  1. Fang's Profile, Thomé H. Fang Institute
  2. "Why Thomé H. Fang? – A Great Eastern Ally of Process Thought". Retrieved 2015-10-23.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Fang's Profile, Thomé H. Fang Institute
  4. Fang's Profile, Thomé H. Fang Institute
  5. William Schultz, Fang Pao, [in:] William H. Nienhauser, Jr. (ed.), The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature, Indiana University Press, Bloomington 1986, p. 376-378.
  6. Ying-shih Yü, T'ung-ch'eng p'ai, [in:] ibidem, p. 837-840.
  7. Fang's Profile, Thomé H. Fang Institute