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Searching for the Way: Theory of Knowledge in Pre-modern and Modern China (review)

Searching for the Way: Theory of Knowledge in Pre-modern and Modern China (review) Searching for the Way: Theory of Knowledge in Pre-modern and Modern China. By Jana S. Rosker. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2008. Pp. xvi þ 356. U.S. $52.00. Reviewed by Bart Dessein Ghent University In Searching for the Way: Theory of Knowledge in Pre-modern and Modern China, Jana S. Rosker investigates the development of ontological and epistemological theories in China, from the early philosophical fundaments of the period of the Warring States to the contemporary period. Rosker deals with the development of Chinese theories of how knowledge is gained and transmitted in order to attain ultimate wisdom, where wisdom is understood to pertain to the domain of morality in the Chinese holistic view of man and the cosmos. Given the discrepancy between the object of knowledge and the subject of comprehension, this investigation more particularly deals with such problems as the possibility or impossibility of attaining correct knowledge of a given object--and thus the possibility or impossibility of attaining a complete understanding of the way (dao); the relationship between this knowledge and wisdom on the one hand and morality on the other; the possibility or impossibility of language to function as a conveyer of knowledge; and the relationship http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Searching for the Way: Theory of Knowledge in Pre-modern and Modern China (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 60 (1) – Jan 24, 2009

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Searching for the Way: Theory of Knowledge in Pre-modern and Modern China. By Jana S. Rosker. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2008. Pp. xvi þ 356. U.S. $52.00. Reviewed by Bart Dessein Ghent University In Searching for the Way: Theory of Knowledge in Pre-modern and Modern China, Jana S. Rosker investigates the development of ontological and epistemological theories in China, from the early philosophical fundaments of the period of the Warring States to the contemporary period. Rosker deals with the development of Chinese theories of how knowledge is gained and transmitted in order to attain ultimate wisdom, where wisdom is understood to pertain to the domain of morality in the Chinese holistic view of man and the cosmos. Given the discrepancy between the object of knowledge and the subject of comprehension, this investigation more particularly deals with such problems as the possibility or impossibility of attaining correct knowledge of a given object--and thus the possibility or impossibility of attaining a complete understanding of the way (dao); the relationship between this knowledge and wisdom on the one hand and morality on the other; the possibility or impossibility of language to function as a conveyer of knowledge; and the relationship

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