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Lao Sze-kwang;Leo Strauss;historicity;philosophy;Chinese philosophy;modernity
|Issue Date: ||2016-08-11 15:53:27 (UTC+8)|
The question of how philosophical reflection relates back to the history of philosophy is an essential part of modern philosophy. In this article, we shall analyze the similarities and differences between two important 20th century philosophers, Leo Strauss and Lao Sze-kwang 勞思光, who both have studied the history of philosophy extensively. Leo Strauss famously describes the return to the horizon of Classical political philosophy as the only way of avoiding the disorienting, even nihilistic consequences of the modern rejection of the “natural world” (i.e. the “natural right” tradition); furthermore, Strauss claims that the study of past philosophers reveals the eternal tension between philosophy and revelation. Belonging to a very different philosophical background than Strauss, Lao Sze-kwang insists in his History of Chinese Philosophy (3 vols., 1967-82) that we can discover in the history of Confucianism the same “moral subjectivity” (daode zhutixing 道德主體性) which Immanuel Kant has made the cornerstone of modern philosophy. Thus, both thinkers, while exploring the history of philosophy, make substantive claims about transhistorical truths. Although both thinkers may disagree on the fundamental character of the modern project, they both are concerned with the question how the history of philosophy can be transformed into practical knowledge guiding our life today. Finally, both agree in the belief that, through the study of Classical philosophy, we can rediscover a pre-reflexive, pre-scientific attitude towards moral problems, thus partially transcending the narrow horizon of modernity.
|Relation: ||政治大學哲學學報, 20, 51-104|
The national Chengchi university philosophical
|Data Type: ||article|
|Appears in Collections:||[政治大學哲學學報 THCI Core] 期刊論文|
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