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By I. Tzvi Abusch

ISBN-10: 1930675402

ISBN-13: 9781930675407

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From this discussion, I wish to suggest that our conception of logical analysis or linguistic analysis could be broadened in scope and that the principle of acts of consciousness could include a principle of logical analysis.  In the latter case, rational acts of analysis should lead to the emergence of a world of being either by way of the necessity of emergence of a level of being under proper conditions or by the inherent hermeneutical circle of total integration that corresponds to the ontological circle of total comprehension, as the principle of totality suggests.

Both ontologically and epistemologically speaking, the hermeneutical circle is an organically established harmony of transformations among all things and hence both an ontological and an epistemological circle.  Even though we need not think of a hierarchy as a teleological structure in the Aristotelian sense, the modern perception of ecological interdependence among forms of life reveals the large nature as containing an organic hierarchy of functions and transactions of life.  Human language and human experience give rise to different levels of meaning and understanding, and this is obviously due to the existence of levels of organization of language and understanding.

Besides, nature as the ontological fountainhead of human reality will provide a basis for a process of transformation and cultivation of the human person.  Perhaps the the best way to resolve their differences is still to be found in Mencius, where Mencius suggested that one must first exhaustively fulfill one's mind (chin­hsing), then one can come to know one's nature (chih­hsing) and finally come to know heaven (chih­ti'en).  With regard to this possibility, we are not to speak of Chinese philosophy anymore, but of a world philosophy in the making, to which both Chinese philosophy and Western philosophy could make their unique contributions.

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