Confucian Philosophy of Zhongdaology and Its Practical Significance in Resolving Conflicts
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The essence of traditional Chinese Confucian philosophy can be termed “Zhongdao-logy”; it searches for the appropriate degree of zhong which is a standard guiding peo-ple’s actions. The Chinese pictographic character “zhong” has multiple meanings, in-cluding centrality, middle, appropriate, fit, just, fair, impartial, upright, etc. In early Confucianism, it has been developed into an important concept with profound philo-sophical connotations; it includes a combination of subjective and objective views, a fusion of different stances and considerations, and postulates a harmony of the internal and external worlds. Zhongdaology takes a dynamic, contextual, correlative and dialec-tic view of things in the world, and provides a way of thinking different from the tradi-tional Western ontological (metaphysical) way of thinking. The practical rationality and wisdom of Zhongdaology are very significant for promoting dialogue and resolving a variety of conflicts in human societies.
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