The Epistemology of Yin-Yang Balancing as the Root of Chinese Cultural Traditions

The Indigenous Features and Geocentric Implications

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Abstract

Most Eastern traditional philosophies, such as Taoism, from China, share a set of core themes that constitute a philosophy of wisdom (science-art integration), in contrast to Western philosophies with a focus on knowledge (science-art separation). This chapter argues that the epistemological system of yin-yang balancing is the root of Eastern culture traditions. Building on this theme, the chapter elaborates on the unique features of yin-yang balancing, in contrast to Aristotle's formal logic and Hegel's dialectics in the West. It is posited that yin-yang balancing is more sophisticated (rather than naïve) than all dialectical logic for paradox management, since it is the only system that can truly accommodate and appreciate paradox and has the potential to absorb all Western systems into a geocentric (East-meets-West) meta-system. The chapter concludes with an application of yin-yang balancing to the geocentric integration of the Eastern philosophy of wisdom with the Western philosophy of knowledge, toward a new geocentric meta-paradigm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Psychological and Cultural Foundations of East Asian Cognition : Contradiction, Change, and Holism
EditorsJulie Spencer-Rodgers, Kaiping Peng
Number of pages45
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date2018
Pages35-79
Chapter2
ISBN (Print)9780199348541
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • China
  • Dialectics
  • Geocentric meta-paradigm
  • Philosophy of wisdom
  • Taoism
  • Yin-yang balancing

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Li, P. P. (2018). The Epistemology of Yin-Yang Balancing as the Root of Chinese Cultural Traditions: The Indigenous Features and Geocentric Implications. In J. Spencer-Rodgers, & K. Peng (Eds.), The Psychological and Cultural Foundations of East Asian Cognition: Contradiction, Change, and Holism (pp. 35-79). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780199348541.003.0002
Li, Peter Ping. / The Epistemology of Yin-Yang Balancing as the Root of Chinese Cultural Traditions : The Indigenous Features and Geocentric Implications. The Psychological and Cultural Foundations of East Asian Cognition: Contradiction, Change, and Holism. editor / Julie Spencer-Rodgers ; Kaiping Peng. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018. pp. 35-79
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Li, PP 2018, The Epistemology of Yin-Yang Balancing as the Root of Chinese Cultural Traditions: The Indigenous Features and Geocentric Implications. in J Spencer-Rodgers & K Peng (eds), The Psychological and Cultural Foundations of East Asian Cognition: Contradiction, Change, and Holism. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 35-79. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780199348541.003.0002

The Epistemology of Yin-Yang Balancing as the Root of Chinese Cultural Traditions : The Indigenous Features and Geocentric Implications. / Li, Peter Ping.

The Psychological and Cultural Foundations of East Asian Cognition: Contradiction, Change, and Holism. ed. / Julie Spencer-Rodgers; Kaiping Peng. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018. p. 35-79.

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Li PP. The Epistemology of Yin-Yang Balancing as the Root of Chinese Cultural Traditions: The Indigenous Features and Geocentric Implications. In Spencer-Rodgers J, Peng K, editors, The Psychological and Cultural Foundations of East Asian Cognition: Contradiction, Change, and Holism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2018. p. 35-79 https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780199348541.003.0002