A Critical Survey of Some Recent Philosophical Research in China

Philosophia 44 (4):971-998 (2016)

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Xingming Hu
NanJing University
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In this paper, I survey some recent literature produced by the established Chinese philosophers who regularly publish in Chinese philosophy journals and work in Mainland China. Specifically, I review the recent research of these philosophers in two areas: Chinese Philosophy and epistemology. In each area, I focus on two topics that have caught the attention of a lot of Chinese philosophers. I argue that the Chinese philosophers’ research on these topics has two prevalent problems: (i) a lot of arguments they make are weak; (ii) they tend not to critically engage with others. I discuss a metaphilosophical objection that weak argumentation and disengagement are not vices of philosophical research. I also try to make sense of (i) and (ii) in terms of some cultural factors.
Keywords Goal of Philosophy  Confucian Ethics  Argument  Gettier Problem  Chinese Philosophy
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-016-9768-x
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