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As A Comprehensive Philosophical Approach
Peimin Ni, Professor of Philosophy at GVSU
Description: Often taken to mean just the martial arts, “gongfu” (aka kung fu) actually applies to all arts of life. As such, the term is not only a key for understanding Chinese philosophy, it can serve as a comprehensive philosophical approach as well — It can name a field of philosophical studies, “the philosophy of gongfu”; it can name a methodology of philosophy, “the gongfu perspective”; and it can name theories of philosophy, such as gongfu ethics, gongfu epistemology, and gongfu metaphysics. This will in turn show the value of Chinese philosophy and comparative philosophy, as doing so can broaden our philosophical horizon and hopefully lead to substantial philosophical developments.