What is it about?

This preface to this special issue of the "Journal of Chinese Philosophy" introduces the theme disciplinary walls and interdisciplinary breaches in those walls--viewed from the perspectives of East and West.

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Why is it important?

The Chinese saying about the Great Wall (不到长城非好汉 "One who has never been to the Great Wall cannot become a true person" can be juxtaposed to the lines of quintessential American poet Robert Frost's "Mending Wall": "Something there is that doesn't love a wall ... And makes gaps even two can pass abreast." This contrast can lead one to explore new forms of intellectual accompaniment and activism.


My own contribution to this collection "Four Walls and the Way On: What Four Chinese Virtues Can Teach Us About Pioneering New Philosophical Disciplines and Re-Inventing Traditional Ones" tells a story about philosophical lessons learns from pioneering, and establishing, Asian American Philosophy within the American Philosophical Association.

Gary Mar
Stony Brook University

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This page is a summary of: Building, Mending, and Breaching Walls, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, March 2017, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15406253-0440102010.
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