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  1.  7
    On Dianoesis-Argumentation.Chen Jiaying - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (3-4):194-215.
    Editors’In this paper, Chen aims to elucidate the nature of dianoesis, starting from the basic fact that we already hold a certain belief before we begin to argue for it. It concludes that what dianoesis endeavors to achieve is the understanding of ways-and-patterns of things, so that our scattered understanding gets connected. The author then addresses frequent misconceptions about the nature of dianoesis, such as that genuine dianoesis equals reasoning from premises neutral to any prejudice or from the absolutely evident (...)
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    A Philosopher Reigneth Not.Chen Jiaying - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (3-4):230-235.
    Editors’In this article, Chen addresses the political relevance of political philosophy, cautioning against direct application of philosophy in real politics. Rather than bring about good politics, a philosopher-king leads to terrible cultural life, for in such a political setting philosophy cannot but turn into ideology. A better way to understand such relevance is to think from the middle ground. The prosperity of cultural life is where the work of the politician and the work of the philosopher overlap and where philosophy (...)
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    Contemporary Chinese Philosophy in Light of Transplanted Words.Chen Jiaying - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (3-4):216-224.
    Editors’Chinese vocabulary today features a special group of words, namely, those that were Chinese words in the past but now have lost what they used to mean. Instead, they have become Chinese versions of foreign words that they have been used to translate. Chen calls these words, as well as the words coined solely for the purpose of translating foreign words, “transplanted words.” Most of the words we are using in theoretic discourse today are such transplanted words. Chen, in this (...)
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    Is It Important to Save Black Bears?Chen Jiaying - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (3-4):225-229.
    Editors’Bear bile is an important ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine. Each year, many bears are rescued from illegal bear farms, where they are kept in cages and frequently used for bile harvest through tubes attached to their bodies. In this article, Chen defends bear-rescuing activists against the charge that they fail to prioritize the human suffering, for school dropout kids in China seem to deserve help more urgently than bears. Chen argues that such a utilitarian picture misrepresents practical deliberation in (...)
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    Seeking Understanding Through Reflection.Chen Jiaying - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (3-4):182-193.
    Editors’ abstractThe first part of Chen’s paper illustrates the fact that reasons contained in common sense serve an explanatory role fairly well for everyday living. The inadequacy of commonsensical explanations for abnormal cases, however, breeds the desire to seek a unified explanation for all cases. Philosopher-scientists, as Chen characterizes them, hold the conviction that such an explanation is offered by speculative theories, which are created by reflecting on the reasons contained in common sense and then weaving them into a systematic (...)
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    Human Understanding and the Realistic Spirit: The Philosophy of Chen Jiaying.Ralph Weber & Xu Zhenxu - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (3-4):175-181.
    :The thought of Chen Jiaying offers a possibility of philosophy in China that is not confined to the mere expression of ancient Chinese tradition nor the simple transplanting of Western philosophy. He places philosophy in an unequivocal connection to the human point of view, takes the investigation of concepts and argumentation as indispensable for its practice, and regards life not as a matter of choice but as living out that to which we are already committed. All these aspects culminate in (...)
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    The Establishment of the Suburban Sacrifice Rituals During the Western Han1.Kan Huai-Chen - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (2):140-173.
    Editor’sThis essay draws on the suburban sacrifice ritual to explicate in detail how Confucianism became the state religion by reforming the ritual system as a justification of the political system holding the Emperor as the central and highest authority.
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    Ideological Orthodoxy, State Doctrine, or Art of Governance? The “Victory of Confucianism” Revisited in Contemporary Chinese Scholarship.Ting-Mien Lee - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (2):79-95.
    It has been a popular theory in English, Japanese, and Chinese scholarship that a “victory of Confucianism” occurred during the Han dynasty. Some members of these academic communities challenge this theory. However, it has long been overlooked that they do so by adopting different terminology and research frameworks. English scholarship uses the expression “victory/triumph of Confucianism” to refer to the dominance or growth of Confucianism during that period, while the Japanese use “the establishment of Confucian doctrine/religion as the state doctrine/religion” (...)
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    Understanding “Confucianism Becoming the Dominant School of Thought”.Fukagawa Maki - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (2):123-139.
    Editor’sThis essay is a comprehensive review of the ‘jukyo kokkyoka’ controversy in Japanese academia. It introduces Japanese scholarship on the topic to the Chinese academic community and addresses critical remarks on the scholarly community’s research framework and the connotations of its terminology. Fukagawa also argues that the Japanese, the English, and the Chinese labels are all misleading. He therefore proposes to use the expression “Confucianism becoming the dominant school of thought.”.
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    The Debate Surrounding “Dismiss the Hundred Schools of Thought and Revere Only the Confucian Arts” and a Refutation of the Theory of the Autocracy of Han Dynasty Confucian Thought.Ding Sixin - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (2):96-122.
    EDITOR’S ABSTRACTThe popular Chinese portrayal of the victory of Confucianism, or in Chinese terms “dismiss the hundred schools of thought and revere only the Confucian arts,” has been challenged by some scholars in the past decades. Ding’s essay illustrates not only how it has been challenged but also how the catch phrase influences the scholarly discussion. As he indicates, recent Chinese studies that attempt to subvert the traditional theory share the same “flow.” They fail to note that the expression “dismiss (...)
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    A History of Ideas in Pioneering Contemporary Chinese Art as a History of Culture.Zha Changping - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (1):24-33.
    The present text addresses the following questions: Why is the history of ideas in pioneering contemporary Chinese art essentially a history of culture? Why and how is art a kind of historical cultural phenomenon? What kind of challenges will artistic production encounter in the course of China’s civilizational transformation, and which artworks testify to these? These queries constitute the central focus of the history of ideas in pioneering art understood as a history of culture.
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    The Logical Framework for Humanist Criticism: The Foundations of the World-Picture Logic Mode of Critique1.Zha Changping - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (1):11-23.
    This paper presents the philosophical and theological underpinnings of the so-called “world-picture logic” mode of critique. It also outlines the arguments—empirical, transcendental and creationist—upon which the aesthetic framework depends that has the world relational picture as its object. By laying out these arguments and inquiring into the nature of what is human, it sketches the relational theology central to the “world-picture logic” mode of critique.
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    The Origins of Zha Changping’s World Relational Aesthetics.Shi Chenggang - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (1):34-44.
    This paper traces the origins of Zha Changping’s theory of world relational aesthetics to earlier works in which Zha began developing the “world-picture logic” theoretical framework. It takes into consideration Zha’s various identities including his Christian public intellectual and ecclesiastical ones.
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    On the Critical Theory of the World-Picture Logic1.Yan Fuping - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (1):45-56.
    The present article argues that Zha Changping’s History of Ideas in Pioneering Contemporary Chinese Art fills an important gap in humanities-oriented studies on contemporary Chinese art, contributing the innovative theories of “world relational aesthetics” and “world-picture logic,” which allow for unique insights into contemporary pioneering Chinese artworks.
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    A New Paradigm in Chinese Contemporary Art History Writing.Luo Le - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (1):57-69.
    This paper explores Zha Changping’s humanistic criticism of pioneering Chinese art as a new paradigm in art criticism after the postmodern disintegration of traditional art history with its linear art history writing. It introduces the “seven forming factors” at the heart of Zha’s “world relational aesthetics,” which, on one hand, gauges the pulse of the time, while on the other hand seeking to uncover the underlying relational logic informing this generation of pioneering artists’ intellectual outlook and artistic output.
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    World Relational Aesthetics: A Modern-Day Continuation of Theological Aesthetics1.Xue Shuangyu - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (1):70-78.
    As part of the wider theoretical framework of Zha Changping’s so-called world-picture logic, “world relational aesthetics” constitutes a theoretical system for critiquing pioneering contemporary Chinese art. Against the backdrop of the Western history of aesthetics, this paper attempts a categorization of world relational aesthetics in terms of its methodology and theory, treating it as a continuation in the tradition of theological aesthetics that offers unique insight into China’s pioneering art.
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    Zha Changping’s History of Ideas in Pioneering Contemporary Chinese Art: An Introduction.Naomi Thurston - 2020 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 51 (1):1-10.
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