A Holistic Account of Adequacy Conditions for How to Look at Contraries
How Cross-Tradition Engagement in Philosophy Is Possible
Keywords:comparative philosophy, cross-tradition engagement in philosophy, holistic account, methodological guiding principles (adequate and inadequate ones), methodological perspectives (eligible and ineligible ones)
The aim of this essay is to give a meta-philosophical and meta-methodological characterization of some central characteristic features comparative philosophy as a general way of doing philosophy through cross-tradition engagement toward world philosophy. This is elucidated by presenting a holistic account of the conditions for maintaining adequate methodological guiding principles for appropriately and effectively considering different approaches to philosophy. This essay is meta-methodological in character: given that comparative philosophy sets out to explore how to adequately look at contraries (especially those from different philosophical traditions, but not limited to them, methodologically speaking), and given the self-reflective philosophical nature of comparative philosophy, exploring adequacy conditions for how to look at contraries is meta-methodological in character but also a significant part of comparative philosophy per se. This meta-methodological exploration in comparative philosophy is neither exhaustive nor exclusive: it is not exhaustive because comparative philosophy as a whole has other substantial contents; it is not exclusive because this suggested account itself is open-ended and can include further adequate conditions that would be complementary to the current set from the holistic vantage point, which is exactly one ending point of this essay.
Allinson, Robert E. 1998. “Complementarity as a Model for East-West Integrative Philosophy.” Journal of Chinese Philosophy 25 (4): 505–17.
Allinson, Robert E. 2003. “Hegelian, Yi-Jing, and Buddhist Transformational Models for Comparative Philosophy.” In Comparative Approaches to Chinese Philosophy, edited by Bo Mou, 60–85. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Confucius (Kong Zi 孔子). The Lun-Yü《論語》(The Analects).
Hall, David L., and Roger T. Ames. 1995. Anticipating China, Thinking Through the Narratives of Chinese and Western Culture. Albany: SUNY Press.
Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich. (1807) . The Phenomenology of Mind (Phänomenologie des Geistes). Translated by J. B. Baillie. London: Harper & Row.
Lau, D. C., transl. and intro. 1983. Confucius: The Analects. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.
Ma, Lin, and Jaap Van Brakel. 2016. Fundamentals of Comparative and Intercultural Philosophy. Albany: SUNY Press.
Mou, Bo. 2001. “An Analysis of the Structure of Philosophical Methodology: In View of Comparative Philosophy.” In Two Roads to Wisdom?: Chinese and Analytic Philosophical Traditions, edited by Bo Mou, 337–64. Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company.
———. 2010. “On Constructive-Engagement Strategy of Comparative Philosophy.” Comparative Philosophy 1 (1): 1–32. http://www.comparativephilosophy.org.
———. 2020. Cross-Tradition Engagement in Philosophy: A Constructive-Engagement Account. New York and London: Routledge.
Plato. 1995. “Euthyphro.” In Classics of Western Philosophy, edited by Steven M. Cahn (4th edition), 28–40. Indianapolis, Cambridge: Hackett.
Rošker S., Jana. 2021. Interpreting Chinese Philosophy: A New Methodology. London: Bloomsbury.
Yi-Jing (I-Ching)《易經》. The Chinese original text on which the relevant parts are primarily based:《周易譯註》(The Zhou-Yi: Paraphrase and Annotation). 1989. Paraphrased and annotated by Huang Shouqi 黃壽祺, and Zhang Shouwen 張壽文 (上海古籍出版社). A Chinese-English bilingual version of the Yi-Jing text:《周易》(Book of Changes). 1882. Translated and annotated by James Legge. Oxford University Press. Edited and paraphrased by Qin Ying 秦穎, and Qin Sui 秦穗 湖南出版社. 1993. Chinese Text Project. n. d. https//ctext.org.
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2022 MOU Bo
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors are confirming that they are the authors of the submitting article, which will be published (print and online) in journal Asian Studies by Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete Univerze v Ljubljani (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Aškerčeva 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia). Author’s name will be evident in the article in journal. All decisions regarding layout and distribution of the work are in hands of the publisher.
- Authors guarantee that the work is their own original creation and does not infringe any statutory or common-law copyright or any proprietary right of any third party. In case of claims by third parties, authors commit their self to defend the interests of the publisher, and shall cover any potential costs.
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.