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One and ManyA Comparative Study of Plato's Philosophy and Daoism Represented by Ge Hong$
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Ji Zhang

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835545

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835545.001.0001

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Comparative Methodology

Comparative Methodology

(p.315) Conclusion Comparative Methodology
One and Many

Ji Zhang

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter discusses the significance of comparative methodology. The discourse of the comparative study has two phases. It begins with the phase of contrasting and arrives at a deep respect for the irreducible differences between traditions. Then it follows the phase of comparison that involves comparing the contrasts. The second main feature of the method is the unusual starting point. Comparison does not have to start from categorical similarities; knowing the contrary provides a beginning for comparison. For instance, alchemy and geometry can be compared as long as they are understood within the contexts of Ge Hong's cosmogony and Plato's theogony. On the acceptance of difference, one can recognize the shared quest to name the origin of the world.

Keywords:   comparative methodology, comparison, categorical similarities, Ge Hong, Plato, cosmogony, theogony

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