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This article is about liberating Gadamer's ontology from the influence of Heidegger's ontological analysis of Dasein. The basis for this "liberation" is their reading of Plato. Whereas for Heidegger, Plato is the "father of Western metaphysics," for Gadamer he is a metaphysician in a sense that integrates Heidegger's view into a Platonic dialectic of the One and the Many. When that difference is made clear, namely, then Gadamer's Plato, which is really Gadamer himself, i.e., the Platonist, shifts from Heidegger into the orbit of Chung-ying Cheng's ontology and cosmology. Gadamer is re-interpreted accordingly.

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Comparative philosophy in the sense of onto-generative hermeneutics has inexhaustible applications and hence, always generates something new, above all, from points of view that seem diametrically opposed. This is not only Chung-ying Cheng's position, but that of Gadamer as well. The similarity attests to the sense of order in reality that allows for change, creativity, and harmony.

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This page is a summary of: Gadamer's Linguistic Turn Revisited in Dialogue with Cheng's Onto‐Generative Hermeneutics, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, June 2019, Brill,
DOI: 10.1111/1540-6253.12354.
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