Metaphorical Metaphysics in Chinese Philosophy

Metaphorical Metaphysics in Chinese Philosophy : Illustrated with Feng Youlan's New Metaphysics

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In Metaphorical Metaphysics in Chinese Philosophy: Illustrated with Feng Youlan's New Metaphysics, Derong Chen examines Chinese philosophy through a critical analysis of Feng Youlan's nnew metaphysics. He views metaphysics in Chinese philosophy as a metaphorical metaphysics separate from Western metaphysics. In examining the historical influences and contemporary reaction to Feng's work, he identify's Feng's system as the continuation of the Chinese philosophical tradition. This approach is most applicable to scholars of comparative philosophy and Chinese philosophy.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 268 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 476.27g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739150006
  • 9780739150009

About Derong Chen

Derong Chen is sessional lecturer II in Chinese at the University of Toronto Mississauga.show more

Review quote

Philosophers outside China are only beginning to realize that twentieth-century China was the scene of significant and creative cross-tradition philosophical endeavors. The work of these Chinese thinkers to critically develop Chinese philosophical thinking in the light of challenges from Western philosophy may in fact serve as a model for our own century, when philosophies both East and West need to attend to one another if they are to continue to grow. Derong Chen's impressive study of Feng Youlan (1895-1990)'s metaphysics is thus extremely timely. In addition to being a thorough and well-grounded interpretation of Feng's metaphysical doctrines, Chen's book offers two additional features: Chen's own critical, constructive developments of Feng's metaphysical thinking are very substantial, and Chen develops a large-scale interpretive frame ('metaphorical metaphysics') that applies to Chinese philosophy quite generally. For all those interested in metaphysics or in understanding that Chinese philosophy is a live, contemporary enterprise, I recommend the book highly. -- Stephen C. Angle, Professor of Philosophy and East Asian Studies, Wesleyan Universityshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Chapter 1. Linguistic Approaches vs. Metaphorical Metaphysics Chapter 3 Approaches to Chinese Philosophy Chapter 4 Systematic Linguistic Approach Chapter 5 Metaphorical Metaphysics Part 6 Chapter 2. Abstract Categories: Feng Youlan's Zhenji and Shiji Chapter 7 The Theory of the Realm of Truth Chapter 8 The Essence and Rationality of Zhenji Chapter 9 An Alternative Vision of the Realm of Truth Part 10 Chapter 3. Metaphorical Metaphysical Categories: Feng's Li and Qi Chapter 11 The Metaphorical Metaphysical Category: Qi Chapter 12 The Metaphorical Metaphysical Category: Li Part 13 Chapter 4. Metaphorical Metaphysical Propositions: Feng Youlan's Zai and Liu Chapter 14 The Embodiment of Dao as a Process of Change Chapter 15 Aggregate Being vs. Great Totality Part 16 Chapter 5. Metaphorical Metaphysical Ideas in Ethics: Feng Youlan's Theory of Four Realms of Life Chapter 17 The Metaphysical Foundation of the Five Confucian Virtues Chapter 18 The Li of Society: Metaphysical Grounds of Morality Chapter 19 My Proposal: The Human Realm Part 20 Summary and Conclusionsshow more