I feel particularly indebted to Donald J. Sturgeon who maintains on http://ctext.org a numerical source for many classical Chinese texts, without which an article such as the present one would have been much more difficult to write. I also thank Yiu-Ming Fung and Linyu Gu for the preparation of this special issue of Journal of Chinese Philosophy.
Definitions in the Upper Part of the Moist Canons
Article first published online: 5 NOV 2012
© 2012 Journal of Chinese Philosophy
Journal of Chinese Philosophy
Volume 39, Issue 3, pages 386–403, September 2012
How to Cite
Lucas, T. (2012), Definitions in the Upper Part of the Moist Canons. Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 39: 386–403. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6253.2012.01729.x
- Issue published online: 5 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 5 NOV 2012
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.