David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 6 (3):221-237 (2007)
This article discusses philosophical influence, especially the influence made by Confucianism and Daoism, on the way Asian people see and understand the world. Recently, Richard Nisbett drew a connection between Chinese philosophy (Confucianism and Daoism) and the cognitive profiles of the people who live in Asian countries where Confucianism and Daoism are strong social and cultural traditions. He argues that there is a peculiar way that Asians think and perceive things and this cognitive pattern is influenced by a group of principles derived from Chinese philosophy. This article critically analyzes Nisbett’s explanation, his emphasis on the principle of change in particular, and provides an alternative explanation of the connection between Chinese philosophy and cognitive peculiarities of Asians. Asians combine and integrate opposite viewpoints not because they believe that things change in all unexpected directions, but because they see the world as a big system with interrelated and mutually influencing components.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Richard P. Bagozzi, Nancy Wong & Youjae Yi (1999). The Role of Culture and Gender in the Relationship Between Positive and Negative Affect. Cognition and Emotion 13 (6):641-672.
G. S. Kirk, J. Raven & Malcom Schofield (1983). The Presocratic Philosophers: A Critical History with a Selection of Texts. Cambridge University Press.
J. S. Morrison & K. Freeman (1949). Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers: A Complete Translation of the Fragments in Diels, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker. Journal of Hellenic Studies 69:92.
Mary Tiles & Yuan Jinmei (2004). Could the Aristotelian Square of Opposition Be Translated Into Chinese? Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 4 (1):137-149.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Xu Quanxing & Huang Deyuan (2008). Theory on the Cultivation of Cognitive Subjects in Chinese Philosophy. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 (1):39 - 54.
Jeffrey L. Richey (ed.) (2008). Teaching Confucianism. Oxford University Press.
Edouard Machery, Ron Mallon, Shaun Nichols & Stephen P. Stich (2004). Semantics, Cross-Cultural Style. Cognition 92 (3):1-12.
Chad Hansen (1992). A Daoist Theory of Chinese Thought: A Philosophical Interpretation. Oxford University Press.
Chung-ying Cheng (1971). Chinese Philosophy: A Characterization. Inquiry 14 (1-4):113 – 137.
Haiming Wen (2011). Continuity of Heart-Mind and Things-Events: A Systematic Reconstruction of Neo-Confucian Epistemology. Asian Philosophy 21 (3):269 - 290.
Quanxing Xu (2008). Theory on the Cultivation of Cognitive Subjects in Chinese Philosophy. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 (1):39-54.
Xinyan Jiang (1992). The Law of Non‐Contradiction and Chinese Philosophy. History and Philosophy of Logic 13 (1):1-14.
Karyn Lai (2008). An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads8 ( #182,336 of 1,140,265 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #142,694 of 1,140,265 )
How can I increase my downloads?