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COMPARATIVE ESSAYS IN EARLY GREEK AND CHINESE RATIONAL THINKING.

Published 2004 by ASHGATE in ALDERSHOT (UK), BURLINGTON (VT) .
Written in English.

About the Book

This collection of essays in the emergent field of Sino-Hellenic studies, explores the neglected inchoative strains of rational thought in ancient China and compares them to similar themes in ancient Greek thought, right at the beginnings of philosophy in both cultures. Reding develops and defends the bold hypothesis that Greek and Chinese rational thinking are one and the same phenomenon. Rather than stressing the extreme differences between these two cultures - as most other writings on these subjects - Reding looks for the parameters that have to be restored to see the similarities. Reding maintains that philosophy is like an unknown continent discovered simultaneously in both China and Greece, but from different starting points. The book comprises seven essays moving thematically from conceptual analysis, logic and categories to epistemology and ontology, with an incursion in the field of comparative metaphorology. One of the book's main concerns is a systematic examination of the problem of linguistic relativism through many detailed examples.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 "Contradiction is Impossible" 17
2 The Origin of Logic in China 31
3 Philosophy and Geometry in early China 49
4 Greek and Chinese Categories 65
5 Words for Atoms - Atoms for Words: Comparative Considerations on the Origins of Atomism in Ancient Greece and on the Absence of Atomism in Ancient China 93
6 Light and the Mirror in Greece and China: Elements of Comparative Metaphorology 127
7 "To Be" in Greece and China 167
Chinese Characters and Texts 195
Bibliography 207
Index 223
Table of contents v
Acknowledgements vii

The Physical Object

Pagination
i-viii, 1-239
Number of pages
248

ID Numbers

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OL22583913M
ISBN 10
0754638030
Goodreads
1905585

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