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The Chinese Philosophy of Fate


  • Introduces the essence of the Chinese philosophy of fate

  • Approaches the Chinese philosophy of fate by theorizing the unification of Heaven and man

  • Provides an new angle to understand the difference between Chinese and Western philosophy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Yixia Wei
    Pages 93-109
  3. Yixia Wei
    Pages 111-127
  4. Yixia Wei
    Pages 155-169
  5. Yixia Wei
    Pages 171-187
  6. Yixia Wei
    Pages 201-220
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 221-222

About this book


This book is based on the study of the traditional Chinese philosophy, and explores the relationship between philosophy and people’s fate. The book points out that heaven is an eternal topic in Chinese philosophy. The concept of heaven contains religious implications and reflects the principles the Chinese people believed in and by which they govern their lives. 

The traditional Chinese philosophy of fate is conceptualized into the "unification of Heaven and man". Different interpretations of the inter-relationships between Heaven, man and their unification mark different schools of the traditional Chinese philosophy. This book identifies 14 different schools of theories in this regard. And by analyzing these schools and theories, it summarizes the basic characteristics of traditional Chinese philosophy, compares the Chinese philosophy of fate with the Western one, and discusses the relationship between philosophy and man’s fate.


Chinese philosophy Man’s will Man's fate The nature of Tao Life and death Master of destiny Human Taoism Heaven Nature Sages

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.BeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Chinese Philosophy of Fate
  • Authors Yixia Wei
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. and Heilongjiang Education Press 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-4369-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-5119-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-4371-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 222
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Religion
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