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Metaphysical Foundations of Knowledge and Ethics in Chinese and European Philosophy

Yi, Guo and Cheng, Chung-Ying and Lätzer-Lasar, Asuman and Moeller, Hans-Georg and Gare, Arran and Josifovic, Sasa and Cobben, Paul and Zöller, Günter and Krijnen, Christian and Borsche, Tilman and Weber, Ralph and Stichler, Richard N. (2013) Metaphysical Foundations of Knowledge and Ethics in Chinese and European Philosophy. Morphomata, 8. Wilhelm Fink, Paderborn. ISBN 978-3-7705-5537-6

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    Abstract

    In the history of Chinese and European philosophy, metaphysics has played an outstanding role: it is a theoretical framework which provides the basis for a philosophical understanding of the world and the self. A theory of the self is well integrated in a metaphysical understanding of the totality of nature as a dynamic process of continuous changes. According to this view, the purpose of existence can be conceived of as the development and realization of the full potential given to the individual by its nature. In regard to human nature specifically, this idea of self-realization includes the development of all cognitive faculties as well as of the moral character. Metaphysics has, however, suffered a loss of importance in current debates, especially in ethics. As a result, we observe the emergence of such philosophical views as moral skepticism and even nihilism. The consequence of this tendency has been the renunciation of a claim to understanding and to providing a solid ground for ethics. Yet an intercultural dialogue can provide us with some hope as the consolidation of debates on crucial topics of our traditions might indeed serve as the basis for a more powerful philosophy in the future.

    Item Type: Book
    Creators:
    CreatorsEmail
    Yi, Guo
    Cheng, Chung-Ying
    Lätzer-Lasar, Asuman
    Moeller, Hans-Georg
    Gare, Arran
    Josifovic, Sasa
    Cobben, Paul
    Zöller, Günter
    Krijnen, Christian
    Borsche, Tilman
    Weber, Ralph
    Stichler, Richard N.
    Editors:
    EditorsEmail
    Yi, Guo
    Josifovic, Sasa
    Lätzer-Lasar, Asuman
    Contributors:
    ContributionNameEmail
    RedactorGreub, Thierry
    RedactorLätzer-Lasar, Asuman
    Corporate Creators: Internationales Kolleg Morphomata
    URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-66269
    Series Name: Morphomata
    Publisher: Wilhelm Fink
    ISBN: 978-3-7705-5537-6
    Volume: 8
    Subjects: Generalities, Science
    Philosophy
    Faculty: Philosophische Fakultät
    Divisions: Philosophische Fakultät > Internationales Kolleg Morphomata
    Language: English
    Date: 2013
    Date Type: Publication
    Full Text Status: Public
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    Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2016 08:05:27
    URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/6626

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