Philosophy of Language, Chinese Language, Chinese Philosophy

Constructive Engagement


Editor: Bo Mou
From the constructive-engagement vantage point of doing philosophy of language comparatively, this anthology explores (1) how reflective elaboration of some distinct features of the Chinese language and of philosophically interesting resources concerning language in Chinese philosophy can contribute to our treatment of a range of issues in philosophy of language and (2) how relevant resources in contemporary philosophy of language can contribute to philosophical interpretations of reflectively interesting resources concerning the Chinese language and Chinese texts. The foregoing contributing fronts constitute two complementary sides of this project. This volume includes 12 contributing essays and 2 engagement-background essays which are organized into six parts on distinct issues. The anthology also includes the volume editor’s theme introduction on comparative philosophy of language and his engaging remarks for three parts.

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Biographical Note
Bo Mou, Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Rochester, is Professor of Philosophy at San Jose State University, USA, and editor of the journal Comparative Philosophy. He has published in philosophy of language, metaphysics, Chinese philosophy, and comparative philosophy.
Table of contents
List of Contributors

Constructive-Engagement Strategy of Doing Philosophy of Language Comparatively in View of Chinese Language and Chinese Philosophy: A Theme Introduction
Bo Mou

Part 1: Semantic-Syntactic Structure of Chinese Name and Issue of Reference

1 White Horse Paradox and Semantics of Chinese Nouns
Byeong-uk Yi

2 A Double-Reference Account of Names in Early China: Case Analyses of Semantic-Syntactic Structures of Names in the Yi-Jing Text, Gongsun Long’s “White-Horse-Not-Horse” Thesis, and Later Mohist Treatment of Parallel Inference
Bo Mou

3 On the Comparative Analysis of Chinese Measure Words: Insights from Evolutionary Theory
Marshall D. Willman

4 Intuitions or Reasons: The Empirical Evidence for Theory of Reference
Jianhua Mei

Part 2: Cross-Contextual Meaning and Understanding

5 Communicative Meaning and Meaning as Significance
A.P. Martinich

6 Semantics and What is Said
Una Stojnic & Ernie Lepore

Part 3: Principle of Charity and Linguistic Relativism in Relation to Chinese: Engaging Exploration (i)

7 Conceptual Schemes and Linguistic Relativism in Relation to Chinese
A.C. Graham

8 Graham’s Sinologist’s Criticism and the Myth of “Pre-logical Thinking
Yiu-ming Fung

Editor’s Engaging Remarks for Part 3

Davidson’s Opening Message and His Principle of Charity
Bo Mou

Part 4: Semantic Truth and Pluralist Approaches in Chinese Context: Engaging Exploration (II)

9 (1) Pluralism about Truth in Early Chinese Philosophy: A Reflection on Wang Chong’s Approach
Alexus McLeod

(2) Replies to Brons and Mou on Wang Chong and Pluralism
Alexus McLeod

10 (1) Wang Chong, Truth, and Quasi-Pluralism
Lajos L. Brons

(2) “Postscript”
Lajos L. Brons

Editor’s Engaging Remarks for Part 4

(1) Rooted and Rootless Pluralist Approaches to Truth: Two Distinct Interpretations of Wang Chong’s Account
Bo Mou

(2) Postscript: Normative Character of Semantic Truth
Bo Mou

Part 5: The “Speakable” and the “Unspeakable” in Chinese Texts: Engaging Exploration (III)

11 From the Ineffable to the Poetic: Heidegger and Confucius on Poetry-Expression of Language
Xianglong Zhang

12 How Non-Speech Becomes a Form of Speech: A Reinterpretation of the Debate at the Dam over the Hao River
Zhaohua Chu

Editor’s Engaging Remarks for Part 5

(1) Eternal Dao, Constant Name, and Language Engagement: On the Opening Message of the Dao-De-Jing
Bo Mou

(2) Postscript: From Lao Zi’s Opening Message to Davidson’s Opening Message
Bo Mou

Part 6: Language in Action Through Chinese Texts

13 (1) Reading the Analects with Davidson: Mood, Force, and Communitive Practice in Early China
Yang Xiao

(2) Postscript 2017
Yang Xiao

14 Metaphor in Comparative Focus
Kyle Takaki

Appendix 1: Comparative Chronology of Philosophers

Appendix 2: Notes on Transcription and Guide to Pronunciation
Index of Names and Subjects
All interested in philosophy of language, semantics (reference and truth), pragmatics, Chinese language, Chinese philosophy, comparative Chinese-Western philosophy, cross-contextual meaning and understanding.
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