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Philosophy of Language, Chinese Language, Chinese Philosophy: Constructive Engagement ed. by Bo Mou (review)

Philosophy of Language, Chinese Language, Chinese Philosophy: Constructive Engagement ed. by Bo... BOOK REVIEW Philosophy of Language, Chinese Language, Chinese Philosophy: Constructive Engagement. Edited by Bo Mou. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2018. Pp. xvii + 552. Hardcover €240.00, ISBN 978-90-04-36844-6. Reviewed by Rohan Sikri The University of Georgia rsikri@uga.edu With fourteen individual contributions, a substantial “Theme Introduction,” and numerous postscripts and “Engaging Remarks,” this is a sprawling text that, by dint of its sheer volume, will interest a diverse readership engaged in problems of language in Chinese philosophy. The explicitly stated methodological objectives of the editor, Bo Mou, function as the guiding thread, stitching together all the various explorations in this volume under a common rubric that he designates the “constructive-engagement strategy.” Mou inaugurates the proceedings by marking a sharp distinction between phonetic and ideographic languages, and, drawing our attention to the preponderance of philosophical investigations into the former kind, offers this text as a correction to the field of philosophy of language. The hope is that this volume will add to our understanding of the general problems of language philosophy–those concerning the relationship between language, thought, and reality–by shifting the focus to the structures of an ideographic language like Chinese. The “constructive- engagement strategy,” however, is a comparative method that is, above http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Philosophy of Language, Chinese Language, Chinese Philosophy: Constructive Engagement ed. by Bo Mou (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 69 (2) – Aug 13, 2019

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BOOK REVIEW Philosophy of Language, Chinese Language, Chinese Philosophy: Constructive Engagement. Edited by Bo Mou. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2018. Pp. xvii + 552. Hardcover €240.00, ISBN 978-90-04-36844-6. Reviewed by Rohan Sikri The University of Georgia rsikri@uga.edu With fourteen individual contributions, a substantial “Theme Introduction,” and numerous postscripts and “Engaging Remarks,” this is a sprawling text that, by dint of its sheer volume, will interest a diverse readership engaged in problems of language in Chinese philosophy. The explicitly stated methodological objectives of the editor, Bo Mou, function as the guiding thread, stitching together all the various explorations in this volume under a common rubric that he designates the “constructive-engagement strategy.” Mou inaugurates the proceedings by marking a sharp distinction between phonetic and ideographic languages, and, drawing our attention to the preponderance of philosophical investigations into the former kind, offers this text as a correction to the field of philosophy of language. The hope is that this volume will add to our understanding of the general problems of language philosophy–those concerning the relationship between language, thought, and reality–by shifting the focus to the structures of an ideographic language like Chinese. The “constructive- engagement strategy,” however, is a comparative method that is, above

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Philosophy East and WestUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 13, 2019

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