Morality and nature: The essential difference between the dao of chinese philosophy and metaphysics in western philosophy [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Frontiers of Philosophy in China 4 (3):360-369 (2009)
Both thinkings on Dao in Chinese philosophy and metaphysics in Western philosophy investigate things on a spiritual level that transcends experience, but there are incommensurable differences between them. The objective of “metaphysics” is ontological knowledge about nature from the perspective of epistemological “truth-pursuing”. Western metaphysics is thus a “metaphysics of nature”. Dao in Chinese philosophy, on the other hand, more often manifests itself in “good-pursuing” by means of the internal, experiential pursuit of moral stature and spiritual security. Philosophy of Dao is thus a “metaphysics of ethics”. The cause of this difference can be traced back to the differences between the rational tradition of the West, characterized by the dualism of the subject and the object, and the moral tradition of China, characterized by the integration of man and nature.
|Keywords||Dao metaphysics morality nature 形上之道 形而上学 道德 自然|
|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
Immanuel Kant (2007/1991). Critique of Pure Reason. In Elizabeth Schmidt Radcliffe, Richard McCarty, Fritz Allhoff & Anand Vaidya (eds.), Late Modern Philosophy: Essential Readings with Commentary. Blackwell Pub. Ltd..
Immanuel Kant (1909/2004). Critique of Practical Reason. Dover Publications.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Wang Shuren & Zhang Lin (2009). The Roots of Chinese Philosophy and Culture — An Introduction to "Xiang" and "Xiang Thinking". Frontiers of Philosophy in China 4 (1):1 - 12.
Wu Kuang-ming (2010). “Let Chinese Thinking Be Chinese, Not Western”: Sine Qua Non to Globalization. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 9 (2):193-209.
Ruohui Li (2011). On Laozi's Dao—An Attempt to Make Philosophy Speak Chinese. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 6 (1):1-19.
Dunhua Zhao (2006). Metaphysics in China and in the West: Common Origin and Later Divergence. [REVIEW] Frontiers of Philosophy in China 1 (1):22-32.
Shuren Wang (2009). The Roots of Chinese Philosophy and Culture — an Introduction to “ Xiang ” and “ Xiang Thinking”. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 4 (1):1-12.
Chenggui Li (2006). Three Sources of Wisdom of Chinese Traditional Virtue and a Contemporary Examination. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 1 (3):341-365.
Wen Haiming & William Keli’I. Akina (2012). A Naturalist Version of Confucian Morality for Human Rights. Asian Philosophy 22 (1):1-14.
Keqian Xu (2010). Chinese “Dao” and Western “Truth”: A Comparative and Dynamic Perspective. Asian Social Science 6 (12):8.
Yu Weidong, Xu Jin & Zhang Lin (2009). Morality and Nature: The Essential Difference Between the Dao of Chinese Philosophy and Metaphysics in Western Philosophy. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 4 (3):360 - 369.
Added to index2009-08-08
Total downloads39 ( #48,614 of 1,140,035 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #92,708 of 1,140,035 )
How can I increase my downloads?