• Recognizing "truth" in Chinese philosophy

    Author(s):
    Lajos Brons (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    Chinese language, Epistemology, Philosophy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Concept of Truth, Theories of Truth
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M67H6R
    Abstract:
    The debate about truth in Chinese philosophy raises the methodological question How to recognize "truth" in some non-Western tradition of thought? In case of Chinese philosophy it is commonly assumed that the dispute concerns a single question, but a distinction needs to be made between the property of 饾挄饾挀饾挅饾挄饾拤, the concept of TRUTH, and the word 路truth路. The property of 饾挄饾挀饾挅饾挄饾拤 is what makes something true; the concept of TRUTH is our understanding of 饾挄饾挀饾挅饾挄饾拤; and 路truth路 is the word we use to express that understanding. Almost all human beings over the age of 2 have the concept of TRUTH, and therefore, the question whether some tradition has the concept of TRUTH is moot, but that doesn't imply that every language has a (single) word for 路truth路. Furthermore, recognizing 路truth路 is complicated by the conceptual neighbors of TRUTH. What distinguishes 路truth路 from its neighbors is disquotationality. Theories of 饾挄饾挀饾挅饾挄饾拤 similarly need to be distinguished from theories about adjacent notions. If a theory is more plausibly interpreted as a theory of 饾拫饾挅饾挃饾挄饾拪饾拠饾拪饾拕饾拏饾挄饾拪饾拹饾拸, then it is not a theory of 饾挄饾挀饾挅饾挄饾拤.
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