Conflict and Communication: A Changing Asia in a Globalizing by Lu Zhouxiang, Peter Herrmann

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When this globalised tendency progresses, these differences may lead to misunderstandings, and even obstacles, in communication. Thus, it would be useful to examine the issue of responsibility in this context to detect how to balance the ‘similarities’ and ‘differences’ between different cultures responsibly. Furthermore, this encounter of West and East will also remind us to be aware of the original boundaries, as well as the approaches that we have applied to researching these boundaries. Compared with the emphasis on ontology and the question of ‘what the good is’ in Western thought, Chinese thought stresses ethics and the question of ‘how to become good’ (Ivanhoe, 2000, p.

In the Qing Dynasty, Neo-Confucianism was critically developed by Yan Yuan (颜元, AD 1635– 1704) and Dai Zhen (戴震, AD 1724–1777), both of whom emphasised the practical application of moral principles rather than the spiritual cultivation of the self. They also stressed the rational investigation of the external world over the introspective self-examination of human desire. ’ It will also examine the issue from a Western perspective: Emmanuel Levinas’s theories will be used to explain the role of the other in the ethical structure of responsibility.

The intentions and the methodologies that lie behind their dialogues, however, are dissimilar. Briefly speaking, Plato presents his ideas through the characters in his dialogues based on his Theory of Forms. The plots of the dialogues are constructed, both deliberately and dialectically, in order to show one interlocutor’s inner dilemmas and prove the validity of the other interlocutor’s ideas in the dialogue. Confucius also presents his ethical thoughts in the form of dialogues between master and disciples that are based on his instructive teachings.

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