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Davidson's Philosophy and Chinese Philosophy: Constructive by Professor Bo Mou

By Professor Bo Mou

This quantity investigates how, via severe engagement, the philosophy of Donald Davidson within the Western analytic culture and a few techniques and strands in chinese language philosophy can together give a contribution to the typical philosophical firm, and indicates how such comparative technique of confident engagement is necessary or maybe necessary as a rule philosophical inquiry. The anthology comprises 12 formerly unpublished essays by way of specialists in suitable parts of analysis, that are equipped into 5 elements respectively on conceptual schemes and cross-cultural knowing, the primary of charity, rationality and normativity, which means and interpretation, and fact crisis and dao situation. The anthology additionally comprises the quantity editor's topic creation on how the confident engagement of Davidson's philosophy and chinese language philosophy is feasible.

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Davidson’s approach to metaphor is an extension or application of his general theory of meaning to treatment of metaphor; it is a semantic approach which holds that metaphors function in virtue of their literal meanings, instead of a special kind of meaning, to make us see things about the world. Given that there are some distinctive characteristic uses of Chinese language as an ideographic language and the Western phonetic language like English, it would be a good test, and is reflectively interesting to see, whether Davidson’s approach can well account for metaphorical uses of Chinese language.

The author’s strategy of argument consists in working backwards, from interpretations of the moral tradition of Confucianism from a contemporary American perspective; the question addressed is how analogy and models of rationality operate within these interpretations to increase our understanding of Confucianism. The other essay in this part, “Davidson’s Charity in the Context of Chinese Philosophy”, is intended to test and defend the explanatory power of Davidson’s principle of charity when facing some challenges in the context of Chinese philosophy.

20 To Davidson, cross-cultural mutual understanding in philosophy is certainly possible; any disagreement between philosophers from different traditions can be understood only against a background of underlying agreement. Davidson does not intend to deny the diversity; rather he considers such diversity as the life of the philosophy. Davidson’s point is by no means to indiscriminately seek consensus and conformity but celebrates variety and differences as shown in distinctive perspectives to look at various aspects of the object of study for the sake of a comprehensive understand, as Davidson says: .

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