The Generative Mode

  • Keping Wang
Part of the Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture book series (KCCTC)


The generative mode of harmony is by nature begetting and productive as a result of the interactive forces or elements that are varied from one another but oriented towards harmonization or collaboration. For such forces or elements share a kind of fundamentally complementary relationship and involve the possibility of transformational creation at its best. They are usually symbolized by the heaven and the earth, the yin and the yang, the male and the female, the soft and the hard, the high and the low, the light and the shade, the five flavours and the five notes.


Generative mode of harmony Interactive forces Yin and Yang Five notes Five flavours 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina

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