Rationality as Architecture and/or Music-Playing

  • Cheng Yuan


Our philosophical understanding to “rationality,” explicitly and implicitly, is involved with or dominated by the metaphor of “architecture” (considering Kant’s “the architectonic of pure reason” and other philosophers’ stances). It roughly means that every action, every decision, and even everything should be rested on a rational “foundation.” Without rational foundation, they are nothing. Instead of it, in the last chapter, the author moves to the metaphor of music: there are no rational “foundation”; the rational actions, the rational person, and even many other things standing in opposite are rationality itself. Human intellect is generated when it is played. By this, the author wants to turn our philosophical exploration from inquiring into the foundation of rationality to the phenomenological survey of the various presences and performances of it.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheng Yuan
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyCapital Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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