Chinese Philosophy I. Cosmology and world-view. Geir Sigurðsson Icelandic Centre for Asian Studies, University of Akureyri 11.12.2006. The “cosmos” may not be so distant. Our understanding of the world informs: Meaning Goals Values Actions/responses Thus, quotidian behaviour.
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Icelandic Centre for Asian Studies, University of Akureyri
Contra practical use – „Wisdom for the sake of wisdom“ (Aristotle)
Emphasis on reason – distrust of sense-experience. (Plato, Descartes)
„Metaphysics“ – intelligible nature of the world, accessible only to philosophers (Plato)
哲 rather indicates practical and communicable knowledge
口 = mouth, 手 = hand, 斤 = tool
The value of wisdom consists in its usefulness for everyday life
„Know how“ rather than „know what“
Wisdom is gained here and now, in mundane lifeFilosofia vs. 哲学