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, 1899–1977) was a Chinese philosopher. He was described by Charles A. Moore as the "greatest philosopher of China" [1] and by Vincent Shen as "one of the most creative contemporary Chinese philosophers." [2]



Thomé H. Fang was born on 9 February 1899 (according to the Lunar Calendar) of a family in Tong Cheng, An-hui, China, that was known for producing prominent 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.). Thomé H. Fang was the 16th generation descendant of Fang Bao, a Qing dynasty scholar and one of the founders of the Tongcheng School, and a relative of his contemporary Fang Chih, a Chinese diplomat. [1] He was taught the Chinese classics while he was young, and later studied at Jinlin University in Nanjing, where he took courses from John Dewey on ancient Western philosophy. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and completed an MA in philosophy and pursued a doctorate comparing British and American realism. [2]

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]


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