Liang Shuming and the Populist Alternative in China
Catherine Lynch†, Eastern Connecticut State University
In Liang Shuming and the Populist Alternative in China, Catherine Lynch offers an alternative understanding of some of the work of Liang Shuming. While the current body of work on Liang suggests a connection to other Asian philosophical traditions (like Confucianism or Buddhism), this new work offers suggests that Liang’s work is an important part of the evolution of the Modern Chinese thought and examines the role of populist ideas in the development of Liang’s thinking. In addition to Liang’s writings, this reading of Liang relies on lengthy interviews the author completed with Liang as well as with people associated with Liang. This book adds a new perspective based on access the author had to Liang while he was still alive.