The Unique Features of Hui Shi’s Thought: A Comparative Study Between Hui Shi and Other Pre-Qin Philosophers

Journal of Chinese Philosophy 24 (2):231-253 (1997)
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Abstract

Hui Shi (370-310B.C.E.?) is a unique one among the pre-Qin scholars. The object and orientation of his scholarship emphasized on “chasing after the materials” or the research for objective knowledge of natural things. He shows a tendency of tolerating and advocating diversity and variety, and intentionally pursuing new and unusual ideas. In certain degree he judges the value of knowledge by its truthfulness rather than its usefulness. As pointed out by Wing-tsit Chan, Hui shi represents a “tendency in ancient China toward intellectualism for its own sake”.

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