MIXING OF CYCLIC VIEW WITH LINEAR VIEW: SEARCH FOR TRUTH

Niel Robert H. Lim

Abstract

In eastern philosophy, the truth is found through the nature which has yet been communicated. They accept the truth as given by nature and finds the harmony of the opposing force of nature. This is evident through Yin-yang and Wu Xing, cyclic view of universe. There is problem with the cyclic view, which constrains the option for search of truth since there are discovered against-cycle truths. On one hand, western philosophy searches for truth and challenges the status quo. They view the universe as linear where one finds a starting point by breaking the status quo into components to arrive at the ultimate goal, the truth. However, there are truths in life that can only be found through finding balance and harmony in a cycle. The two are in contrast with each other and this paper aims to find a philosophy which attempts to combine the two contrasting views.

Keywords

Chinese philosophy; linear way for search of truth; Chinese Cyclic Interpretation

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