By Yu-lan Fung, Derk Bodde
The vintage chronicle of chinese language philosophical suggestion from the 3rd millennium to the twentieth century.
From the sage-kings of old China to the 1911 overthrow of the oldest monarchical procedure on the planet, chinese language philosophy has advanced and inspired faculties of notion all over the world. In an obtainable voice, A brief heritage of chinese language Philosophy basically illuminates Confucianism, Taoism, Mohism, Yin-Yang, and extra. For these drawn to philosophy or Asian reports, this is often the proper window into old and sleek chinese language ideology.
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Here, then, there is a wrung relationship between names and facts. According to KUlIg-Wll Lung, tllis kind of wrong relationship should be rectified. This is really the first step towards the transformation of the world. Since the subject matter of philosophy is the Tao of sageliness within :llld kingliness without, the study of philosophy is not silllply an attempt to acquire this kind of knowledge, but is also an attempt to develop this kind of character. Philosophy is not simply something to be known, but is also something to be experienced.
What was quoted earlier in this chapter from thc Lil-shih eh'unch'iu about merchants can also be said of the people of maritime countries, provided that, instead of saying that they are corrupt and treacherous, we say that they are refined and intelligent. We can also paraphrase Confucius by saying that the people of maritime countrie>; are the wise, while those of continental countries are the good. TIlE DACKGROUND OF CHINESE PIIILOSOl'IlY And so we repeat wl13t Confllcim said: "The wi~e delight ill water; the good delight in mountains.
Need no longer think about the words. If only I could find some- THE SPIRIT OF CIIINESE PIIlLOSOPHY one who had stopped thinking aboul words and could have him with me to talk tal" To talk with someone who has stopped thinking about words is not to talk with words. " According to Taoism, the Tao (the Way) cannot be tolcl, but only suggested. So when words are used, it is the suggestiveness of the words, and not their fixed denotations or connotations, that reveals the Tao. Words are something that should be forgotten when they have achieved their purpose.
A Short History of Chinese Philosophy by Yu-lan Fung, Derk Bodde