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Chinese Philosophers and Western Philosophy

Feng Youlan’s Interpretation of Western Philosophy:A Critical Examination from the Perspective of Metaphysical Methodology

Author:

Derong Chen

University of Toronto Mississauga, CA
About Derong

2008-present:

Sessional Lecturer II, U of Toronto Mississauga

2006-2008

Professor in philosophy: Wuhan University in China

1997-2006

Ph.D. in Chinese philosophy at University of Toronto

1994-1996

Visiting scholar, Columbia University in the City of New York

1990-1994

Associate professor, Sichuan University in China

1997-1990

Ph.D in Western philosophy, Wuhan University

1982-1987

Lecturer in philosophy, Sichuan College of Education

1977-1982

Undergraduate and MA student

Department of philosophy, Sichuan University

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Abstract

The paper aims to display a limited observation of Feng’s interpretation of Western philosophy through the window of metaphysical methodology. This paper concentrates on Feng’s interpretation of Western philosophy from the perspective of metaphysical methodology and aims to display a limited observation of Feng’s interpretation of Western philosophy through the window of metaphysical methodology. Based on a brief review the recent studies of Feng Youlan and Western philosophy, this paper analyzes the progress and insufficient aspects in current studies on this issue and particularly clarifies what are the metaphysics and metaphysical methods in the context of Feng Youlan’s philosophy. In clarifying Feng’s interpretation of Western philosophy from the perspective of methodology, this paper further critically analyzes the Feng’s positive metaphysical methods and negative metaphysical methods, and assumes that Feng’s negative metaphysical methods essentially is a kind of attitudes towards metaphysics but neither a kind of metaphysics nor a kind of metaphysical methods. Instead of characterizing metaphysical methods as positive and negative as Feng did, this paper suggests an alternative division of metaphysical methods: direct and indirect methods of dealing with metaphysical issues.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.139
How to Cite: Chen, D., (2015). Feng Youlan’s Interpretation of Western Philosophy:A Critical Examination from the Perspective of Metaphysical Methodology. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. 22(1), pp.74–89. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.139
Published on 10 Apr 2015.
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