Generativities: Western Philosophy, Chinese Painting, and the Yijing
Western philosophy has been defined through the exclusion of non-Western forms of thought as non-philosophical. In this paper, I place the notion of what is “properly” philosophy into question by contrasting the essence/appearance paradigm governing Western metaphysics and its deconstructive critics with the more fluid, dynamic, and participatory forms of encountering and performatively enacting the world that are articulated in Chinese thinking and made apparent in Chinese painting. In this hermeneutical contrast, Western and Chinese thinking themselves are interpeted as co-relational rather than as discrete, mutually indifferent or ethnocentrically nativist traditions.
Eric S. NelsonUniversity of Massachusetts