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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front Phil Chin    2012, Vol. 7 Issue (3) : 471-480     https://doi.org/10.3868/s030-001-012-0028-1
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On Cheng Chung-Ying’s Bentiyong Onto-hermeneutics
James Garrison()
Faculty of Philosophy and Education, University of Vienna, Universit?tsstra?e 7, A-1010 Wien, ?sterreich (Vienna, Austria)
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Abstract

The onto-hermeneutic approach to bentiyong 本体用 championed by Cheng Chung-Ying 成中英 is a valuable addition to comparative philosophy. In his well-honed reading, bentiyong is described as the continuous, integrative substance at the base of things, which becomes known through an ongoing hermeneutic integration and interpretation of reality. However, his use of the English word “substance” to describe bentiyong is problematic, mainly because substance, being without properties and existing without change, cannot be read as part of a hermeneutic process. Luckily, there are resources within the Chinese philosophical tradition that can help in overcoming some of the difficulties in translation presented here. Namely, the way that Zhu Xi 朱熹 approaches ti-yong as a principle (li 理) provides a better and more fittingly discursive basis for expressing the onto-hermeneutic character of bentiyong intended by Cheng, and allows English translation of the term with a firm footing in mainstream Neo-Confucianism.

Keywords Zhu Xi      Cheng Chung-Ying      metaphysics      onto-hermeneutics      substance      translation      bentiyong      li      qi     
Corresponding Authors: James Garrison,Email:jamesmg@hawaii.edu   
Issue Date: 05 September 2012
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James Garrison. On Cheng Chung-Ying’s Bentiyong Onto-hermeneutics[J]. Front Phil Chin, 2012, 7(3): 471-480.
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