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Concepts of a Culturally Guided Philosophy of Science

Contributions from Philosophy, Medicine and Science of Psychotherapy


Edited By Fengli Lan, Friedrich G. Wallner and Andreas Schulz

From the beginning, Constructive Realism has been a culturally orientated philosophy of science by the introduction of the concept of lifeworld. This book brings together contributions from the field of philosophy, Chinese medicine and the science of psychotherapy. The authors discuss the relation of Constructive Realism and culture or rather the concept of science under the aspect of cultural dependency. Since the beginning of the new century the manifold research on Chinese Medicine offered concrete examples for a cultural dependency of science. Thereby, the book shows the rare or even unique situation that philosophy became concrete.


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Pan Gui-juan: “Cultural consciousness” and the basic theory of TCM research


74 [9] Originally by [Han] Xu Shen, Annotated by [Qing] Duan Yucai. Shuo Wen Jie Zi with Annotations [Z]. Shanghai: Shanghai Guji Press, 1988. [10] Yin Huihe. National Textbook for TCM Higher Education·TCM Basic Theories. Shanghai: Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers. 1st ed., 1984; fifth printing, 1988. [11] Zuo Min’an. Detailed Interpretation of Chinese Characters: Origin and Evolution of 1,000 Sinograms [M]. Beijing: Jiuzhou Press, 2005. 75 Pan Gui-juan “Cultural consciousness” and the basic theory of TCM research The Chinese nation has a long history and culture, in the new era and the future history, how to inherit and develop the national excellent traditional culture, how to handle the relations of modernization and traditional culture, is not only an important academic issue, but also a social reality question related to China’s promotion and declining. Since the nineteen eighties, Mr. Fei Xiaotong, sociolo- gist and anthropologist, talked about the question that the Chinese nation needs a "cultural consciousness" for many times. The so-called "cultural consciousness", the most important is to figure out the sequence of events of the national culture, ideological connotation, modern value and future trend. Associating with Chi- nese culture of hundred years of ups and downs and basic theory of traditional Chinese medicine research present situation, we felt deeply that "cultural con- sciousness" is not only the foundation of Chinese nation traditional culture, but also the key of inheritance and development of the traditional Chinese medicine theory. Chinese culture of hundred years ups and downs Since...

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