Transforming knowledge into wisdom: a contemporary Chinese philosopher's investigation

Philosophy East and West, Vol. 52, No. 4, pp. 441-458

This essay is an attempt to present the basic thought of Feng Qi (1915-1995), a contemporary twentieth-century Chinese philosopher. Although still not well known in the Western philosophical community, Feng is widely acknowledged in his own country as one of the few consummate and most original thinkers to have emerged in mainland China since 1949. The essence of his thought is an attempt to provide a solution to the old problem of the conflict between fact and value, between a positivistic/scientific approach and a humanistic/metaphysical approach. Feng tries to solve this conflict by constructing what he calls an "epistemology in a broad sense." The core of this epistemology is his theory of "the transformation of knowledge into wisdom." After a brief biographical note, I shall explain first the formation of Feng's problematic and outline his "epistemology in a broad sense" along with his basic ideas about transforming knowledge into wisdom. Then, Feng's "theory of knowing the world" will be introduced, with his portrayal of the world as a multi- layered order. Finally, his "theory of knowing thyself" will be discussed, in which he sees the self as a dynamic process of achieving freedom and virtue. 

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