Weber,Ralph.Forthcomingin2014."Controversyover`Jullien':OrWhereandWhat IsChina,PhilosophicallySpeaking?"Journal of Chinese Philosophy. Zufferey,Nicholas.2006."Laviedesidées:LaChinedeJean-FrançoisBilletercontre celledeFrançoisJullien."Le Temps(Geneva),June27. Thorsten Botz-Bornstein Istillbelievethatthisisadebateaboutphilologyandphilosophy,andDr.Weberhas notconvincedmethatBilleterisinanywaymorephilosophical."Framing"hasalwayshadametaphoricalcharacteranditsonlypurposeistohighlightsome(certainlysubjective)points.Theyaresubjectiveespeciallysincetheyecho(asIexplain) my personal observations of how philosophy is often dealt with today within the largerfieldofthehumansciences.Weber'squestion"WhichChinaisJullienactuallytalkingabout?"ispreciselyoneofthosequestionsthatphilosophersareaskedby those more empirically minded humanists. I try to make clear that within certain abstract,philosophicalcontexts,suchquestionshavelessimportance.Itisthusnot veryusefultopointoutthattheframedoesnotalwaysfitinaliteralsense.Theframe could have been called "empirical versus speculative" (speculatio being the Latin translationoftheoria),whichwouldhaveeliminatedreferencestoconcreteeventsin thehistoryofphilosophy. ItisalsotruethatJullienhasattemptedtodesignhisownmethodology,whichhe wantsattimestopushbeyondthelimitsofthetraditional"comparative"program, butseenthroughawiderandinternationallensJullien'swritingsstilloverlapvery muchwithcomparativephilosophy. ThepurposeofmycommentwasnottogivegradestoBilleterandJullienand evaluatetheirmeritsinsinology,buttodrawattentiontoaproblemthatconcerns philosophyandthehumanitiesingeneral. PhilosophyEast&WestVolume64,Number1January2014237 ©2014byUniversityofHawai`iPress
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