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"A. C. Graham's Later Mohist Logic, Ethics, and Sciences (1978) is the only Western-language translation of the obscure and
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difficult material has been largely accepted by scholars. This article questions the soundness of Graham's reconstruction of these chapters (the so-called
"Neo-Mohist Canons"). Upon close examination, problems are revealed in both the structure and the content of the framework Graham uses to interpret
the Canons. Without a more reliable framework for interpreting the text, it seems best to remain skeptical about claims that the Canons represent evidence for
the study of logic in early China."
———. 2010. "Grounding «Language» in the Senses: What the Eyes and Ears Reveal about Ming (Names) in Early Chinese Texts."
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———. 2020. "What Is Ming 名? “Name” Not “Word”." In Dao Companion to Chinese Philosophy of Logic, edited by Fung, Yiu-ming,
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"In this chapter, I survey a broad range of early Chinese texts to undermine the apparent self-evidence of translating ming as a unit of
“language” (or “word”) and its correlates as “reality.” While leaving ming untranslated, I show that ming often functions somewhat like the term “name.” Names
point to, pick out, or indicate referents, but names do not have “meanings.” That is, whereas words have a conceptual aspect,
names do not. Through emphasizing these distinctions between “word” and “name,” my overview of the usage of ming foregrounds features of
early Chinese philosophical discussions that are unusual in relation to the larger history of philosophy of language and logic. Their special significance lies
in the nature of both the unit of analysis (ming) and that of its correlates (shi 實, shi 事, xing 形, xing 行, and shen 身)." (p. 17)
———. 2020. "Movement and Ming (Names): A Response to “Incongruent Names: A Theme in the History of Chinese Philosophy”."
Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy no. 19:635-644.
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"A discussion of Kung-sun Lung's theory of chih and wu as contained in his essay on chih and wu.
Graham attempts to show that Kung-sun Lung's theory is intelligible, consistent, and philosophical. But his interpretation of "chih" as
"meaning" and his related elaboration of Kung-sun Lung's ideas are hardly textually intelligible and perhaps cannot stand philosophical
criticism." Chung-Ying Cheng, Inquiries into Classical Chinese Logic, Philosophy East andf West, 15, 1965, p. 211.
———. 1957. "The Composition of the Gongsuen Long Tzy." Asia Major no. 5:147-183.
Revised reprint with the title The Composition of the Kung-Sun Lung Tzŭ in A. C. Graham, Studies in Chinese Philosophy and
Philosophical Literature, Singapore: Institute of East Asian Phllosophies, 1986, pp. 126-166.
"Here Graham attempts to show that only two essays ("Po ma"'' and "Chih wu"ch) from the Kung-sun Lung
Tzu are genuine writings of Kung-sun Lung and his contemporary followers, the rest being forgeries written some six centuries later." Chung-Ying
Cheng, "Inquiries into Classical Chinese Logic", Philosophy East andf West, 15, 1965, p. 211.
———. 1959. "Being in Western Philosophy Compared with Shih/Fei and Yu/Wu in Chinese Philosophy." Asia
Major no. 2:79-102.
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———. 1964. "The Logic of the Mohist "Hsiao-ch'ŭ"." T'oung Pao no. 51:1-54.
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———. 1967. "The 'Hard and White' Disputations of the Chinese Sophists." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies,
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———. 1972. "Later Mohist Treatises on Ethics and Logic Reconstructed from the Ta - ch'ü chapter of Mo - tzu." Asia Major
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———. 1978. Later Mohist Logic, Ethics and Science. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press.
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———. 1979. "The Organization of the Mohist Canons." In Ancient China: Studies in Early Civilization, edited by
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———. 1986. "The Disputation of Kung-sun Lung as Argument about Whole and Part." Philosophy East and West no.
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———. 1989. Disputers of the Tao: Philosophical Argument in Ancient China. La Salle, IL: Open Court.
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———. 1989. "Conceptual Schemes and Linguistic Relativism in Relation to Chinese." Synthesis Philosophica no.
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"Four presupposed philosophical attitudes toward language are taken to characterize the major Schools of the pre-Han period. These are:
1) emotivism, 2) distinction marking -- the view that language and names, in their descriptive function, divide reality (or the Tao) into parts roughly
analogous to distributive individuals, 3) conventionalism, and 4) behavioral nominalism -- that most or all "ordinary" thinking consists of
entertaining names or strings of names (sentences). No clear reference to abstract ideas, classes, senses, platonic universals, etc., is found in this period
nor is any necessary in understanding and interpreting the major thinkers of the period."
———. 1976. "Mass Nouns and "A white horse is not a horse"." Philosophy East and West no. 26 (2):189-209.
"The most famous paradox in Chinese philosophy, Kung-sun Lung's "White horse not horse" has been taken as evidence of
Platonism, Aristotelian essentialism, class logic, etc., in ancient Chinese thought. I argue that a nominalistic interpretation utilizing the notion of
"stuffs" (mass objects) is a more plausible explanation of the dialogue. It is more coherent internally, more consistent with Kung-sun Lung's other
dialogues, and the tradition of Chinese thought which is usually regarded as nominalistic. The interpretation is also strongly suggested by striking parallels
between all Chinese classificatory nouns and English mass nouns."
———. 1981. "Linguistic Skepticism in the Lao Tzu." Philosophy East and West no. 31:321-336.
———. 1983. Language and Logic in Ancient China. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
———. 1985. "Chinese Language, Chinese Philosophy and "Truth"." Journal of Asian Studies no. 44:491-519.
———. 1987. "Classical Chinese Philosophy as Linguistic Analysis." Journal of Chinese Philosophy no. 14:309-330.
———. 1989. "Mo-Tzu: Language and Utlitarianism." Journal of Chinese Philosophy no. 16:355-380.
———. 1992. A Daoist Theory of Chinese Thought: A Philosophical Interpretation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
———. 1993. "Chinese Ideographs and Western Ideas." The Journal of Asian Studies no. 52:373-399.
———. 2001. "How Chinese Thought “Shapes” Western Thought." In The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy:
Vol. 12 Intecultural Philosophy, edited by Dawson, Stephen and Iwasawa, Tomoko, 25-40. Charlottesville, Virginia: Philosophy Documentation Center.
Abstract: "I begin this paper with some autobiographical reflections of my own journey in Chinese languages and philosophy not only in
order to demonstrate how Chinese philosophy can change one’s attitudes toward Western philosophy, but also to suggest that the shift in philosophical
perspective that occurs—when viewed through a Chinese lens—is reasonable.
The second half of this paper consists of interpretative hypotheses about the content of Chinese philosophy vis-à-vis the West. I reflect
more specifically how the different structure of the Chinese language seems to have worked in Chinese philosophical reflection and contrast that with the way
intentional idioms did in Western philosophy. Looking mainly at theory of language, the key similarity between the two traditions is expressed in the current
“pragmatic” view that “meaning” is irreducibly normative. The differences that attend to this formulation between Chinese and Western thought will also be
———. 2003. "Mohism: Later (Mo Jia, Mo Chia)." In Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy, edited by Cua, Antonio S., 461-469.
New York: Routledge.
———. 2003. "The Relatively Happy Fish." Asian Philosophy: An International Journal of the Philosophical Traditions of the
East no. 12:145-164.
Abstract: "Zhuangzi and Hui Shi’s discussion about whether Zhuangzi knows ‘fish’s happiness’ is a Daoist staple. The interpretations,
however, portray it as humorous miscommunication between a mystic and a logician. I argue for a fine inferential analysis that explains the argument in a way
that informs Zhuangzi philosophical lament at Hui Shi’s passing. It also reverses the dominant image of the two thinkers. Zhuangzi emerges as the superior
dialectician, the clearer, more analytic epistemologist. Hui Shi’s arguments betray his tendency (manifest elsewhere) to misstate the conclusions of their
shared relativism leading him but not Zhuangzi to intuitive mysticism."
———. 2007. "Prolegomena to Future Solutions to 'White-Horse not Horse'." Journal of Chinese Philosophy no. 34:473-491.
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by Allinson, Robert E., 59-83. New York: Oxford University Press.
———. 1991. "The Mass Noun Hypothesis and the Part-Whole Analysis of the White Horse Dialogue." In Chinese Texts and
Philosophical Contexts: Essays dedicated to Angus C. Graham, edited by Rosemont Jr., Henry, 49-66. La Salle: Open Court.
———. 1998. Science and Civilisation in China. Volume 7 Part I: Language and Logic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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———. 1980. Classical Chinese as an Instrument of Deduction, University of California, Riverside.
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so-called “original chapters”, those who are considered more truthful to an hypothetical original formulation – written and/or oral – of the topics discussed,
the Baima Lun and the Zhiwu Lun. After taking into consideration the pseudo-historical figure of the putative author, the persuader Gongsun
Long, an analysis of the overall structure of the text is provided, comprehending an accurate study of textual variants existing between the two most ancients
versions available of the received text (the Shuofu and the Daozang edition). Finally, an exhaustive treatment of the philosophical contents
of the Baima Lun and Zhiwu Lun, accompanied with a commented translation, concludes the work."
———. 2016. "The "White Horse", the "Three-Legged Chicken", and Other Paradoxes in Classical Chinese
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"According to pre-imperial and early imperial Classical Chinese received literature (ca. 4th cent. b.c.e. - 2nd cent. c.e.), paradoxes
and language jokes seem to have been widespread in early Chinese rhetorical practice. Such stratagems are part of a rich shared repertoire mastered by the
persuaders of the time that also includes narrative anecdotes, didactic stories, maxims, and authoritative quotes drawn from the most revered texts of
antiquity. These diferent kinds of materials mostly had a rhetorical function. They were conveniently quoted to illustrate or strengthen a particular point in
a discussion, or to allude obliquely to an implicit message or moral teaching by establishing meaningful connections between the tradition and the contemporary
situation in an analogical way.
Despite the apparent success paradoxical statements enjoyed at the time, only a handful have been preserved and handed down. Some of the most
famous arguments that have been transmitted are discussed at length in individual texts that later came to be included in the Gongsun Longzi 公孫龍子(Master
Gongsun Long), a composite collection of heterogeneous materials including dialogues and short treatises. However, in most cases Classical Chinese paradoxes
survive only in the form of dry and rather enigmatic lists of obscure sentences or ‘theses’ deprived of any further extra-textual information, nor any proper
explanation. These materials are mostly – though not exclusively – associated with a group of thinkers, (in)famous for being skilled in the art of rhetoric,
the so-called Logicians." (p. 67)
———. 2017. "The ‘White Horse is Not Horse’ Debate." Philosophy Compass no. 12:1-11.
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beyond doubt the most famous case of argumentation (biàn辯) in the history of Classical Chinese philosophy. The somewhat disorienting statement at the center of
this debate is discussed at length by two anonymous fictive characters, a persuader and their opponent, in the ‘Báimǎ lùn’ 白馬論(Disquisition on White and
Horse). The ‘Báimǎ lùn’ usually appears as the first chapter in the received text Gōngsūn Lóngzǐ 公孫龍子(Master Gongsun Long). The Gōngsūn Lóngzǐ is a composite
collection of heterogeneous materials in six chapters.
The collection includes an anecdotal preface, three partially incomplete and/or corrupted dialogues, and two short and extremely intricate
treatises. In particular, the dialogues included in the collection are structured in a fairly similar way and focus on what have been defined as paradoxes or
sophisms belonging to the repertoire of a rather loose group of thinkers, the so‐called Logicians or Chinese “Sophists” (míngjiā名家, literally “experts on
names”), allegedly active during the Warring States period (475–221 B.C.E.)."
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failed to negate provisional reality (the real-ist), the School that succeeded (the empty-ist), the School that realized the real as the empty (the
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———. 2021. "Truth in Chinese Philosophy. A Commentary on Bo Mou's Semantic-Truth Approaches in Chinese Philosophy." Comparative
Philosophy no. 12:134-146.
"Studies of Chinese philosophy have been overwhelmingly on ethics and social philosophy. Bo Mou’s book is significant because it is
squarely on semantic truth, a topic which has seldomly been brought up in studying Chinese philosophy (Mou 2019).
That alone makes his book worthy of our attention. Mou’s book contains many insights and breaks new grounds for further study. His pluralist
account of semantic truth in Chinese philosophy is highly original and pioneering in the field. Here I will not
attempt to make a comprehensive review or assessment of this important book. Instead, I focus on two points, for the sake of further
explorations on the topic. The first is on the general topic of truth in Chinese philosophy. While I do not deny that there is
semantic truth in Chinese philosophy, I believe the main orientation of Chinese philosophy on truth is pragmatic, in that the concept of
truth is understood and functions in the context of the human condition; the nature and the value of truth lies with its
service for the good life. Second, I will offer an alternative to Bo Mou’s characterization of Xun Zi’s concept of truth and show why Mou
cannot dismiss a broadly characterized pragmatic interpretation of Xun Zi’s epistemology. In this commentary, I will try to quote Mou’s relevant passages in
their entirety to ensure as much accuracy as possible in presenting his argument" (p. 134)
Mou, Bo (2019), Semantic-Truth Approaches in Chinese Philosophy: A Unifying Pluralist Account (New York/London: Lexington
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"From ther above discussion, we can make the following conclusions:
(a) Gongsun Long’s theory is a theory of semiosis. He observed the differences among symbols that are used in the process of human speech. So
the problems he discussed are matters of metalanguage, not object language.
(b) Gongsun Long’s use of the word FEI „is not” can only be interpreted as set equality, which corresponds to the English phrase „is not
equal to”. It does not indicate subset-superset relationship between sets.
(c) Gongsun Long was the first scholar in ancient China to use analytic methods fully to treat linguistic and philosophical phenomena. His
proposition „White horse is not horse” is not a petty intellectual game that goes against common sense. On the contrary, it is a very insightful theoretical
We may achieve a better understanding of Gongsun Long’s arguments by looking at his works as a whole (only six texts have been preserved). In
his other texts, he explicitly stated the purpose of his work: through this kind of discussion, he intended to clarify the issues on the relationship between
words and the things that are represented by those words. He believed that everything would be in place if they were named appropriately. He asked people to
pay attention to this name-substance relationship and be cautious in naming things. In „A Discourse on White Horse”, he exemplified his idea by analyzing the
relationship between „horse” and „white horse” in great depth. In so doing, he made a great contribution to his own time." (pp. 219-220)
Li, Yu. 2015. What is N P? - Interpretation of a Chinese paradox white horse is not horse. Arxiv.org: 1-9.
Abstract: "The notion of nondeterminism has disappeared from the current definition of N P, which has led to
ambiguities in understanding N P, and caused fundamental diculties in studying the relation P versus N P. In this paper, we
question the equivalence of the two definitions of N P the one defining N P as the class of problems solvable by a nondeterministic Turing
machine in polynomial time, and the other defining N P as the class of problems verifiable by a deterministic Turing machine in polynomial time, and
reveal cognitive biases in this equivalence. Inspired from a famous Chinese paradox white horse is not horse, we further analyze these cognitive biases. The
work shows that these cognitive biases arise from the confusion between different levels of nondeterminism and determinism, due to the lack of understanding
about the essence of nondeterminism. Therefore, we argue that fundamental diffculties in understanding P versus N P lie firstly at cognition
level, then logic level."
Sigla: N P = Nondeterministic Polynomial time.
Lin, Chung-I. 2011. "Xunzi as a Semantic Inferentialist: Zhengmin, Bian-Shuo and Dao-Li." Dao. A Journal of Comparative
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Abstract: "This essay argues that the idea of name-rectification (zheng ming 正名) in the Xunzi can be properly
reconstructed as revealing a normative pragmatic semantic theme that linguistic contents embody, and are embedded in, the normative, justificatory
network, or pattern, of dao li 道理 (proper routes/patterns of norm) which, in turn, is constituted and manifested by social
inferential justificatory practices of bian shuo 辯說 (dialectical justification/explanation)."
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philosophical works are analyzed and compared. The works in which the passages selected for analysis occur are the Histories of Herodotus and the
Fei Gong section in the Mozi. The present research focuses on three respective passages in these canonical classical Greek and Chinese works
containing early examples of normative argumentation of an internally critical kind (‘internal critique’). So-called deontic logic is then applied in order to
formally analyze the argumentative content of the selected sections. It is shown that each of the Herodotean and Mohist examples of internal critique may be
assigned a formally equivalent Chinese vis-à-vis Greek partner. Based on these similarities, the question of the origins of internal critique in the
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To be published in 2023.
"The Handbook aims to provide a comprehensive review of research on logical thought in China by both Chinese and non-Chinese scholars.
It highlights and summarizes important areas of controversy and general agreement, while giving prime importance to clarity of exposition. The title covers
Chinese thought on reasoning and argumentation, the influence of non-Chinese logic on Chinese thought, and the systematic aspects of reasoning other than the
classical canon of ‘logic’ texts. By bringing together different perspectives, it seeks to provide a multifaceted and comprehensive presentation on this rich
and sometimes perplexing phenomenon."
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Abstract: "The paper is an exploration of the old Chinese texts called the Mohist Canons from a modern logical perspective. We
mainly explain what the Mohists have contributed to logic in the following aspects: Theory on names, structures of propositions, patterns of reasoning, and
theories on disputation and paradoxes. A comparative perspective is taken throughout the investigation. We compare Mohist logic and Western traditional and
modern logic. We provide our new interpretations of the issues discussed in the Canons by applying the modern logical theories."
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"When we review the Chinese history of philosophy, we find that the Chinese did not develop any formal systems of logic. There was a
conspicuous lack of discussion of forms of inference, as the Chinese failed to develop anything either like an Aristotelian syllogism or a Nyaya syllogism. The
so-called Logicians(1) in ancient China were really dialecticians like the Greek Sophists who were being looked down upon by serious scholars, as Chuang Tzu
said of them, “They are able to subdue other people’s mouths, but cannot win their hearts.”(2) This situation, however, does not mean that the Chinese did not
pay any attention to the problem of methodology. It is precisely because they were convinced that empty talks would lead us nowhere so they decided to
concentrate their effort on finding appropriate expressions for their experience of reality.
This explains why they made such extensive use of analogies and symbolisms, as these were regarded as the only effective means to approach
the Way (Tao), or rather Ultimate Reality understood in a dynamic sense.
In this article, I would like to contend that as a general trend the Chinese are moving away from an analogical way of thinking toward a
symbolic way of thinking through metaphorical expressions. In the following I shall try to outline this development and discuss its significance on the Chinese
way of doing philosophy." (p. 313)
(1) Wing-tsit Chan (trans. and comp.), A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1963, pp.
232-243. Hereafter will be referred to as Chan, Source Book.
(2) Ibid. p. 233.
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edited by Suter, Rafael, Indraccolo, Lisa and Behr, Wolfgang, 241-288. Berlin: De Gruyter.
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of Controversy, edited by Dascal, Marcelo and Chang, Han-Liang, 3-15. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
"Following up Marcelo Dascal’s emphasis on the importance of controversy as the locus of critical activity and innovation, and building
on his triadic classification of polemics into “discussion”, “dispute” and “controversy” (Dascal 1998b), I shall raise a number of questions concerning the
specificities of the controversies for which we have evidence in ancient Greece and China. What typically were the controversies and disputes about? Between
whom were they held? Who were the participants, who constituted the audiences, and what are the relations between those two groups? How do the contenders come
to agree, if and when they do, to their resolution? What, in the final analysis, is at stake, and for whom?
There are important similarities, as well as differences, between the controversies and disputes of ancient Greece and China, and (as I
argued already in Lloyd 1996) these already tell against any simple thesis of a global psychological contrast between adversarial Greeks and irenic Chinese.
Rather, an exploration of the patterns of controversies in these two cultures can throw important light on the implicit and explicit values characteristic of
the societies in question and so also on the different ways in which science developed in each." (p. 3)
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López-Astorga, Miguel. 2021. "School of Names and mental possibilities: Is a white horse a horse?" Studii de lingvistică
Abstract: "According to the ‘white horse’ paradox, a horse that is white is not a horse: it is a white horse, but not a horse. Though
logical arguments can be adduced in support of the proposition, people tend to reject the paradox. Individuals often regard a white horse as a horse and
therefore usually ignore the arguments from logic. This paper attempts an explanation of their behaviour. The theory of mental models offers a cognitive
explanation for the habitual rejection of the paradox. Within this framework, the key is the way that people reason – a way that does not necessarily coincide
Loy, Hui-chieh. 2003. "Analects 13.3 and the Doctrine of "Corrcting Names"." Monumenta Serica. Journal of Oriental
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"Semantical instruments of contemporary logic are applied to the analysis of Hui Shih's "Ten propositions" and Kung Sun Lung's
discourses "On the white horse", "On hard and white", "On indices and things". The notion of logical interpretation is used to
clarify the structure of Hui Shih's argument; coupled with the notion of sorted language, it also allows us to show the logical coherence and common structure
of Kung Sun Lung's three discourses."
———. 2005. "Later Mohist Logic, Lei, Classes and Sorts." Journal of Chinese Philosophy no. 32:349-366.
———. 2010. "The Logic of Mohist Reasonings; Leis and Structured Sorts." Universitas: Monthly Review of Philosophy and Culture
(Taipei) no. 37:65-93.
Abstract: "It is well-known that some Mohist reasonings of the final portion of the Xiao qu 〈小取〉 are paradoxical: “a robber is a man,
but to kill a robber is not to kill a man”. In this paper, we analyze and formalize the different groups of Mohist reasonings using concepts of contemporary
western logic: classes, sorts, structured sorts as they appear in the mathematical theory of categories. We solve those paradoxes by using sorts and more
generally arrive at the conclusion that those reasonings are based on structured sorts, a notion which, in our opinion, is fundamental to clarify the notion of
———. 2011. "Basic Concepts of Mohist Logic." Studies in Logic no. 4:82-108.
Abstract: "The following text has been presented with minor modifications to the colloquium “The History of Logic in China” which took
place in Amsterdam on November 24-26, 2010. It will briefly recall the historical and intellectual context of later Mohist Logic and will mainly discuss its
basic logical concepts in relation with contemporary logic: disputation; name, object and their relation; proposition; “lèi” (class or sort or kind);
inference. Other notions such as a priori, necessary and sufficient condition, quantification, necessity, time, space, infinity, ... will also be
———. 2012. "Why White Horses are not Horses and Other Chinese Puzzles." Logique et Analyse no. 55:185-203.
"The aim of this paper is on the one hand to remind the Western reader some aporias of Chinese antiquity, and on the other hand to show
that a logic of sorts or of types similar to that which has been proposed to explain the relation between categories (in the mathematical sense of the term)
and logic brings much light on these aporias. This should be contrasted with older traditional explanations using conventional syllogistics or feeling
satisfied with too simple explanations such as the confusion between inclusion and identity. The article is based on preceding papers of mine (see [LUC],
[LUCa], [LUCb]), but stresses the basic unity of the solutions which I proposed there, a unity which is probably not apparent to the casual reader and which is
shown here by sketching a very simple formal system and its semantics. I apologize for overlappings with some of my previous publications, but it seemed to me
that the present paper would be unreadable if I just presented the final part without repeating the basic motivations."
[LUC ] Lucas Thierry, "Hui Shih and Kong Sun Lung: an approach from contemporary logic", Journal of Chinese Philosophy,
20(2), 1993, pp. 21 1-255.
[LUCa] Lucas Thierry, "Later Mohist Logic, Lei, Classes and Sorts", Journal of Chinese Philosophy, vol. 32, no 3, 2005,
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———. 2012. "Definitions in the Upper Part of the Moist Canons." Journal of Chinese Philosophy no. 39:386-403.
Abstract: "The purpose of this article is to evaluate the Moist Canons from the point of view of logic, as a system of definitions.We
concentrate more specifically on the formal organization of the upper part of the Moist Canons.This method leads us to a globally positive evaluation of the
system of definitions but also to the less expected conclusion that a few very basic concepts are undefined and form the background of the Moist concrete,
realist, and pragmatic philosophical system: ran, to be so; de, to obtain; ming, illumination; zuo, to initiate; and
wei, to act."
———. 2013. "Definitions in the Upper Part of the Moist Canons." Journal of Chinese Philosophy no. 39:386-403.
———. 2013. "Parallelism in the Early Moist Texts." Frontiers of Philosophy in China no. 8:289-308.
Abstract: "Parallelism is present everywhere in the early Moist texts: at the syntactic level, at the semantic level, between sentences,
between sets of sentences, between argumentative structures. The present article gives many examples of the phenomenon: parallelism of insistence, insistence
from top to bottom, insistence from bottom to top, parallelism with symmetry, parallelism involving negation, subcontraries and negation at deeper levels,
parallelism of the argumentative structures. Logic is particularly applied to the study of parallelism involving negation. From the point of view of
argumentation, it is shown that many of those constructions have an important role in supporting arguments such as: arguments of generalization, a
fortiori arguments, arguments
of exemplarity, consequentialist arguments, arguments by comparison. This study draws the attention to the importance of argumentation in the
study of Moism and gives a new light on the argument by parallelism (mou) in the "Xiaoqu": It is a natural extension of what we call
"parallelism involving negation," already very common in the early Moist texts."
———. 2018. "Limits of Logic in Moism." Journal of Chinese Philosophy no. 45:239-251.
Abstract: "We are trying to answer the following question, using the distinctions of contemporary logic: why did the Moists stop at some
points on their otherwise remarkable way to logic? We argue that they did not explicitly discover negation because of their insistence on linguistic
parallelism; they did not recognize logical conjunction nor logical disjunction because of juxtaposition or prefixation; they did not identify the notion of
sufficient condition; negation of quantifiers was treated as a problem of extension; their notion of proposition was limited; they discovered some
intensionality phenomena but did not explore them very deeply; they insisted more on argumentation than on logic. However our exploration of these limitations
shows that the Moists had discovered many logical phenomena and that their attention to the structure of the proposition and to their parallelism reveals a
real interest in formal methods."
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argumentation. This is shown first by analyzing the phenomenon of parallelism: direct parallelism is often a way of hinting at a general assertion, whereas
anti-parallelism hides dilemmas, generalizations and modal notions of “moral preference.” The Analects also have various types of conditionals,
ranging from material implications, to modalized implications, and counterfactual conditionals, which are the germs of implicit reasoning, concluding with a
moral recommendation. Analogies are particularly abundant and a presentation of three examples suggests that, beyond their explicative role, they also involve
moral recommendations. The implicit logic of The Analects requires an active, albeit unconscious participation of the reader, which could be an
important element in explaining the enduring influence of the text."
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the final years of the Ming dynasty, the work was presented to Emperor Kangxi in 1683. Despite its sophisticated thought and innovation, the work failed to
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Zhiwulun, like the White Horse Treatise, is another logical puzzle. Its theme is the problem of pointing out things that do not exist in the
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Contents: Acknowledgements VII; Introduction 1; 1. 'Contradiction is Impossible' 17; 2. The Origin of Logic in China 31; 3. Philosophy and
Geometry in Early China 49; 4. Greek and Chinese Categories 65; 5. Words for Atoms - Atoms for Words: Comparative
Considerations on the Origins of Atomism in Ancient Greece and on the Absence of Atomism in Ancient China 93; 6. Light and the Mirror in
Greece and China: Elements of Comparative Metaphorology 127; 7. ‘To Be’ in Greece and China 167; ('hinese Characters and Texts 195; Bibliography 207; Index
Acknowledgements: 1. ‘“Contradiction is Impossible’” is a previously unpublished contribution; 2. ‘The Origin of Logic in China’ is an
original contribution. Part of its research material goes back to an earlier paper that appeared in Études Asiatiques 40/1 (1986), 40-56, under the
title ‘Analogical Reasoning in Early Chinese Philosophy’; 3. ‘Philosophy and Geometry in Early China’ is a completely rewritten and expanded version of a paper
that appeared in Études Asiatiques 47/4 (1993), 623-44, under the title ‘Les philosophes-geometres de la Chine ancienne’ (in French); 4 ‘Greek and
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for Atoms - Atoms for Words: Comparative Considerations on the origins of Atomism in Ancient Greece and on the Absence of Atomism in Ancient China’ is a
previously unpublished contribution. It originated as a series of lectures (‘Warum gibt es keinen Atomismus im alten China?') delivered at the University of
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and also later in the same year at the annual meeting of the ‘Societeromande de philosophic’ at Rolle, Switzerland (June 1996). A shorter and less technical
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linguistic parallelism, implying perhaps that the Mohists were on the way to a formal analysis of argumentation. However, their main aim was to head off
arguments by mo´u that targeted their own doctrines, and if their argument succeeds then it entails that linguistic parallelism can never ground a
cogent argument. In a way, this committed them to the view that formal logic cannot work, but the fact that they did not pursue this line of investigation was
by no means inevitable. One consequence of this study is that the Later Mohists conducted their logical work by studying the behaviour of terms and verb
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did not posit sentences or other sentence-like entities such as propositions, beliefs, or laws. Focusing on subsentential expressions did not stop the Mohists
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Contents: Rafael Suter, Lisa Indraccolo and Wolfgang Behr: Preface and Acknowledgements V-VI;
The Gōngsūn Lóngzǐ and Other Neglected Texts – Aligning Philosophical and Philological Perspectives: An Introduction 1;
Traditions of Scholarship in China
1 Wang Ping and Ian Johnston: The Gōngsūn Lóngzǐ: A Historical Overview 25; 2. Ian Johnston and Wang Ping: Notes on the Relationship between
the Gōngsūn Lóngzǐ and the Dialectical Chapters of the Mòzǐ 45; 3. Zhōu Chāngzhōng 周昌忠 : The ‘Discourse on the White Horse’: A Concrete Analytical Philosophy
of Language – with a Coda on the Authenticity of the Received Gōngsūn Lóngzǐ 87;
Contemporary Analytic Approaches
4 Yiu-ming Fung馮耀明 : Reference and Ontology in the Gōngsūn Lóngzǐ 119; 5 Bo Mou: How Gōngsūn Lóng’s Double-Reference Thought in His “White
Horse Not Horse” Argumentation Can Engage with Fregean and Kripkean Approaches to the Issue of Reference 169;
Philosophical Readings of the Gōngsūn Lóngzǐ
6 Dennis Schilling: Place as a Category in the ‘Treatise on Name and Reality’ (Míngshí lùn 名實論) 207; 7 Liú Tǐshèng 劉體勝 : A New Interpretation
of the Gōngsūn Lóngzǐ’s ‘Zhǐwù lùn’ (Discourse on Pointings and Things) and ‘Míngshí lùn’ (Discourse on Names and Actualities) 241; 8 Jiāng Xiàngdōng 蔣向東 : A
New Interpretation of ‘Báimǎlùn’ (Discourse on White and Horse) 289;
Perspectives on Language and Terminology
9 Thierry Lucas: Logically Significant Words in the Gōngsūn Lóngzǐ 313; 10 Lukáš Zádrapa: Linguistic Affinites of the Yǐnwénzǐ Text in the
Light of Basic Corpus Data 347;
Textual Resonances and Questions of Authenticity
11 Ernst-Joachim Vierheller: Gōngsūn Lóng and the Zhuāngzǐ: On Classifying (Declassifying) Things Zhǐ (Qí) Wù Lùn指〔齊〕物論 399; 12 Rafael Suter:
Buddhist Murmurs? – Another Look at the Composition of the Gōngsūn Lóngzǐ 429;
Indices: 1 Terms 559; 2 Source Texts 569; 3 Persons 572-575.
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"Mo-Jing" logic is said to be the first scientific and complete system of logic in ancient China, to be as good as Aristotle's
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"The Mohist School's logical study focuses mainly on the following inference rule: suppose that N and M are coextensive terms, or N a
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