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The Genesis Of Philosophy In The History Of Mind: A Cross-Cultural Comparison Between Classical Greece And China

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This chapter discusses the basic arguments and the historic-genetic theory for explaining why philosophy could arise in such different societies as ancient Greece and ancient China. The understanding of the historical process discussed in this chapter opens the possibility of re-surveying historical space. The chapter discusses the processual logic in the history of cognition. The chapter also discusses the early form of the material logic of the world-view as the background against which the formation of philosophy can be portrayed. Philosophy in China developed out of social-structural conditions very different from those in Greece. In the context of our discussion, however, we are concerned with the social-structural development as the precursor of the formation of philosophy. It finds its expression in a reflective abstraction that first determines the development of the constitution and later the formation of philosophy.

Keywords: ancient China; ancient Greece; cognition; Philosophy; re-surveying historical space; social-structural development



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