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Life as Logos and Tao

On Husserl’s Ideas and the Comparative Study of Western and Chinese Philosophies

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The problems of a comparative study of Western and Chinese philosophies, or, more generally speaking, of a “phenomenology as the cross-cultural philosophy of man,”1 are not the “thematic” object of Husserl’s philosophical research at all. Nevertheless, he does put forward some stimulating ideas for such a study in his later writing Philosophy and the Crisis of European Man. The purpose of this essay will be to develop the topic around these ideas and thereby to engage in an intercultural dialogue between Western and Chinese philosophies.

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  3. I have discussed the difference in some papers written in Chinese; in a certain sense this essay just tries to do the same thing further at the angle of Husserl’s viewpoints.

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Qingping, L. (1998). Life as Logos and Tao. In: Tymieniecka, AT. (eds) Phenomenology of Life and the Human Creative Condition. Analecta Husserliana, vol 52. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-2604-7_2

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