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Tsing Hua Journal of Chinese Studies
ISSN 0577-9170; DOI 10.6503/THJCS


Fung Yu-lan’s Neo-Confucianism and Transcendental Analysis

Vol. 24 No. 2   6/1994  


Fung Yu-lan’s Neo-Confucianism and Transcendental Analysis


Fung Yiu-ming









Key words

Transcendental Analysis, Logical Analysis, Ineffable, The Actual, The Real, Fung Yu-lan


      Most of the scholars (abstract) in the field of Confucianism in Mainland China have maintained that Fung Yu-lan’s neo-Confucianism was constructed by the method of ‘logical Analysis’. I want to argue in this paper that the method actually used in his theory is not the so-called ‘logical analysis’, but some kind of ‘transcendental argument’. Furthermore, I argue, this kind of method can not provide sound arguments for him to derive from empirical statements to transcendental statement in his metaphysical system.

    Besides, this ‘positive method’ (the so-called ‘logical analysis’), Fung Yu-lan laid special emphasis on a ‘negative method’ which led him to the thesis of ‘ineffable’ or ‘unintelligible’. However, as I argue, the thesis is self-refuting, and the so-called ‘negative method’ is not suitable or workable for us to establish an acceptable theory of neo-Confucianism.




Author: Fung Yiu-ming
Genre: Article
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