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 and Stichler, Richard N. (2013). Metaphysical Foundations of Knowledge and Ethics in Chinese and European Philosophy. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink. 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, conference item or legal commentary
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Yi, GuoUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cheng, Chung-YingUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lätzer-Lasar, AsumanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Moeller, Hans-GeorgUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gare, ArranUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Josifovic, SasaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cobben, PaulUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Zöller, GünterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Krijnen, ChristianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Borsche, TilmanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Weber, RalphUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Stichler, Richard N.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Editors:
EditorsEmailORCID
Yi, GuoUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Josifovic, SasaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lätzer-Lasar, AsumanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Contributors:
ContributionNameEmail
RedactorGreub, ThierryUNSPECIFIED
RedactorLätzer-Lasar, AsumanUNSPECIFIED
Corporate Creators: Internationales Kolleg Morphomata
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-66269
Series Name at the University of Cologne: Morphomata
Publisher: Wilhelm Fink
ISBN: 978-3-7705-5537-6
Volume: 8
Subjects: Generalities, Science
Philosophy
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Internationales Kolleg Morphomata
Language: English
Date: 2013
Related URLs:
Projects: http://www.morphomata.uni-koeln.de/veranstaltungen/vergangene-veranstaltungen/metaphysical-foundations-of-knowledge-and-ethics-in-chinese-and-european-philosophy/
Place of Publication: Paderborn
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/6626

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