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Constructing Reality / Realität konstruierend

Festschrift in Honor of Prof. Dr. Friedrich Wallner in Celebration of his 70 th Birthday / Festschrift für Prof. Dr. Friedrich Wallner zu Ehren seines 70. Geburtstages

Edited By Nicole Holzenthal

This collection of essays assumes the main thesis of Constructive Realism: reality is created. In this volume, it is constructed by authors from various scientific disciplines and very different cultures. The Festschrift is dedicated to the founder of this philosophical approach, Professor Dr. Friedrich Wallner (University of Vienna), in celebration of his 70 th birthday.
Dieser Sammelband geht von der Hauptthese des Konstruktiven Realismus aus – wir konstruieren Realität. Hier wird sie von Autoren aus verschiedenen wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen und sehr unterschiedlichen Kulturen aufgebaut. Dem Gründer des philosophischen Ansatzes Professor Dr. Friedrich Wallner (Universität Wien) ist diese Festschrift anlässlich seines 70. Geburtstags gewidmet.


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Constructive Realism and Study of Confucianism and Mind (Kwon Jong Yoo)


(Kwon Jong Yoo) Constructive Realism and Study of Confucianism and Mind 1. How did you learn to know Friedrich Wallner and the Constructive Realism? In the early 2000’s I was looking for a relevant theory for advancement of my research about East Asian Confucianism. Since 1999, I had been developing a theoretical method for re-interpretation of Confucian philosophy and especially the Confucian understanding of mind. There have still been two main streams of the studies of Confucianism in Korea. One of them is a kind of philological approach and the other one is a kind of philosophical analysis. What I called into my criticism is the latter one, although philology is needed as a basic method to Confucian philosophy or understanding of the mind. Of course, only in the case that the philological studies were coupled with a philosophical framework, they were admitted. Even though philosophical studies showed their theoretical approaches not in a simple kind, but one of the predominant streams was following or depen- ding on the framework of contemporary American philosophy of mind or, more broadly speaking, modern Western philosophy. This means that most analyses or discussions about the Confucian understanding of the mind have been unfolded by leaning on issues which were only critical in these kinds of philosophies, presu- ming things such as the mind-body relationship or the existence or essence of self. This stream has hardly changed until now. In other words, most philosophical discussions about Confucian understanding of the mind borrowed the framework...

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