Onto-Generative Hermeneutics: Cheng Chung-Ying’s Philosophy of Understanding and Truth

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The essay traces the origins, outlines the contents, and parses the meanings of Cheng Chung-Ying’s onto-generative hermeneutics as a systematic philosophy of interpretation and understanding that purposefully seeks to enrich and challenge the ancestral European version of the hermeneutic enterprise. It shows how Cheng, using his own creative and critical reading of the Yijing as the principal instrument of analysis and intervention, constructs an architectonic theory of interpretation that integrates ontology, epistemology, and ethics. To the extent that Cheng has consciously forged clear connections between his onto-hermeneutics and morality, via his redefinition of the Confucian notion of cheng (sincerity/earnestness/truthfulness) as an epistemic virtue, the essay ponders the implication and significance of such a theoretical stance as the point of departure for a philosophy of inculturality, wherein the self and the other must interpret and get to know each other.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDao Companions to Chinese Philosophy
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameDao Companions to Chinese Philosophy
ISSN (Print)2211-0275
ISSN (Electronic)2542-8780

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • History


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