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Mandarin definition[edit]

Can this also translate as "philosophy"? 19:39, 19 December 2010 (UTC)

Philosophy' is too wide a word, so I guess you could squeeze it in depending how you want to translate the text. Ideology would probably be a better translation for it, e.g. 毛泽东思想 - Mao's ideology or philosophy. Same difference to me. JamesjiaoTC 19:45, 19 December 2010 (UTC)
Actually, this would make for a great Wiktionary usage note, or possibly even a full-blown Wikipedia article. From what I've read, Chinese communist doctrine makes a distinction between 主义, 思想 and 理论. They are not generally interchangeable, when referring to specific concepts related to Chinese Communist ideology. The hierarchy of concepts are as follows:
  1. 马克思列宁主义 (Marxism/Leninism)
  2. 毛泽东思想 (Mao Zedong Thought)
  3. 中国特色社会主义理论体系 (Socialism with Chinese characteristics)
    • 邓小平理论 (Deng Xiaoping Theory)
    • “三个代表”重要思想 (Three Represents)
    • 科学发展观 (Scientific Development Concept)
I have a book somewhere that explains all this in considerable detail. I'll have to see if I can find it and dig it out. -- A-cai 22:59, 19 December 2010 (UTC)