Li Shicen

Philosopher, Deceased Person

1892 – 1934

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Who was Li Shicen?

Li Shicen, born Li Bangfan, was a Chinese philosopher and editor of advanced philosophical journals of the May Fourth Movement Min Duo and Zhongguo Jiaoyu Zazhi. Li is best remembered as an exponent of the thought of Nietzsche, who was among the Western thinkers most influential in China in the early Republican era.

Li Shicen belonged to circle of radical intellectuals and activists who emerged in Hunan in the early 20th century. Another was Mao Zedong. Li in fact had several contacts with Mao; as young men both wrote manuals on swimming, and Mao's later widely publicized exploit of swimming in the Yangtze River may be traced back to Li's inspiration.

Li produced a number of books and articles which are still read as expositions of Western philosophy, and are of value in understanding the reception of ideas in this era. Rensheng Zhexue was his longest published work. Li produced special issues of Min Duo devoted to a number of influential philosophers including Nietzsche, Bergson and Eucken. In the early 1920s, Li's circle of friends and acquaintances included Guo Moruo and Zhu Qianzhi.

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Born
1892
Nationality
  • China
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Died
1934

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on July 23, 2013

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