Philosophy East and West 56 (1):136-152 (2006)

Authors
Jinmei Yuan
Creighton University
Abstract
Ancient Chinese logicians presupposed no fixed order in the world. Things are changing all the time. Time, then, plays a crucial role in the structure of Chinese logic. This article uses the concept of "subjective time" and the Leibnizian concept of "possible worlds" to analyze the structure of logic in the Later Mohist Canon and in the logical reasoning of other early Chinese philosophers. The author argues that Chinese logic is structured in the time of the now. This time is subjective and "spreads out" to more than one possible world. Chinese logicians had to deal with relationships in not only a single world but also more than one "possible world." The aim of Chinese logical reasoning is not to represent any universal truth but to point out (zhi ) a particular-world-related truth, or, in other words, the harmony of relations among particulars in a particular field at a single moment. Therefore, a valid Chinese logical argument represents only the beauty of harmony among possible worlds at a given moment. The harmony represented by Chinese logic brings to light a high level of aesthetic order in a world that is always changing
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1353/pew.2006.0009
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 59,848
External links

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

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Anthropocosmic Vision, Time, and Nature: Reconnecting Humanity and Nature.Hongyan Chen & Yuhua Bu - 2019 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 51 (11):1130-1140.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Theories of Family in Ancient Chinese Philosophy.Zailin Zhang - 2009 - Frontiers of Philosophy in China 4 (3):343-359.
The Ideal of Harmony in Ancient Chinese and Greek Philosophy.Chenyang Li - 2008 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 7 (1):81-98.
The Law of Non‐Contradiction and Chinese Philosophy.Xinyan Jiang - 1992 - History and Philosophy of Logic 13 (1):1-14.
Could the Aristotelian Square of Opposition Be Translated Into Chinese?Mary Tiles & Yuan Jinmei - 2004 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 4 (1):137-149.
How Chinese Thought “Shapes” Western Thought.Chad Hansen - 2001 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 2001:25-40.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
337 ( #24,957 of 2,432,825 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
5 ( #138,245 of 2,432,825 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes