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Constructive-Engagement Movement In View Of Searle’S Philosophy And Chinese Philosophy: A Theme Introduction

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The central theme of the anthology, "Searle's Philosophy and Chinese Philosophy: Constructive Engagement is to investigate how John Searle's philosophy and some thoughts and strands in Chinese philosophy can jointly contribute to the common philosophical enterprise in some philosophically interesting ways. Firstly, this theme introductory chapter emphasizes, and spells out, some distinct characteristics of the background of the constructive-engagement movement. Secondly, it explains how the collective research project is related to the whole constructive-engagement movement and what distinguishes the project from the others within the movement. Finally, the chapter explains the organizational strategy and structure of the book. The constructive-engagement part of the book focuses on broad issues or thematic topics that are respectively the subjects of the following four sections into which the fifteen chapters together with Searle's replies to them are organized: (A) mind; (B) language; (C) morality; and (D) meta-philosophical and methodological issues.

Keywords: Chinese philosophy; constructive-engagement movement; John Searle's philosophy; language; meta-philosophical issue; methodological issues; mind; morality



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