How Habits of Culture Shape Our Rational Thinking: A Comparison of Classical Greece and Ancient China

How Habits of Culture Shape Our Rational Thinking: A Comparison of Classical Greece and Ancient China

By: John Warden (author)Hardback

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This is a succinct yet remarkably incisive study of the complex interplay between language, and modes of thinking as observed in the surviving literature of classical Greece and the roughly contemporary corpus inherited from the age of Confucius in China. The aim of the volume is to identify some characteristics of the way we think - about ourselves and the world around us. These attitudes are not the inevitable furniture of the human mind. They are our inheritance from the Greeks. The book starts by examining the influence of Plato, his emphasis on abstraction and the incorporeal, and teleological nature of his thought. it looks for the origins of these ideas in earlier Greek thinkers. In the second part a comparison is made with the thinking of Chinese philosophers - Confucius and his followers - who lived at a similar period, but were, as far as can be seen, uninfluenced by Greek ideas. Differences and similarities are explored, with the aid of extensive quotation from both cultures, in attitudes to knowledge and learning, in modes of reasoning and in responses to a fundamental set of metaphors of movement which have been seen as lying at the basis of all human patterns of thought.


Foreword; Introduction; Part One: To see ourselves...; A Deuteros plous; 1. The Invention of Philosophy; 2. The Road Not Taken; 3. A Discourse on Method; 4. The Ship Comes Home; B Proteron hysteron; 5. The Making of the Mind; 6. The Making of the Self; 7. The Beginning and the End; Part others see us; 8. On Writing; 9. On Knowing; 10. Modes of Reasoning; 11. From Simile to Metaphor; i. Going forward; ii. Backwards; iii. There and back or round and round; iv. Up and down; v. In and out; Epilegomena; Glossary; Selected Bibliography; An Index of Principal Names and Topics.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773445031
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 196
  • ID: 9780773445031
  • ISBN10: 077344503X

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