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Styles Of Enquiry and the Question Of a Common Ontology

Geoffrey Lloyd

in Ancient Worlds, Modern Reflections

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270163
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602276 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199270163.003.0007
Styles Of Enquiry and the Question Of a Common Ontology

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Do Greek and Chinese cosmologies relate to different worlds or merely express various views concerning the same, one world? Different world views may be associated with different styles of enquiry, where a style is constituted by different key preoccupations, aims, or methodologies. If we make allowance for the multi-dimensional character of the phenomena to be explained, and for the different possible goals and methods of different investigators, we can steer a middle course between naive realism and outright relativism.

Keywords: multi-dimensionality of the phenomena; ontology; realism; relativism; styles of enquiry; world views

Chapter.  7183 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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