Comparative Metaphysics and Theology as a Scientific Endeavor:

A Ruist (Confucian) Perspective


Bin Song

Song is an assistant professor of philosophy and religion at Washington College. He has a PhD of Philosophy (2009) from Nankai University, focusing on cartesian metaphysics and philosophy of science, and a second PhD of Religious Studies (2018) from Boston University, the dissertation of which addresses Christian-Ru (Confucian) comparative philosophy, religion and theology. Broadly drawing upon the historical treasure of human wisdom, Bin Song desires to tackle impending intellectual and societal issues of humanity across disciplinary and cultural boundaries. You can read more about Dr. Song and his work on his website: binsong.live.


 

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Article Information:

Author: Bin Song

Title: "Comparative Metaphysics and Theology as a Scientific Endeavor: A Ruist (Confucian) Perspective"

Journal: Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry

Journal Issue: Volume 1, Number 2

Date: Fall 2019

Pages: 203-224

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33929/sherm.2019.vol1.no2.05

Abstract

Understood as being nothing more than fallible assumptions about the boundary conditions of an inquisitive worldview, this article seeks to argue that metaphysics and theology can, in fact, be pursued as a scientific endeavor. If we broaden our understanding of how perceived realities furnish feedback in order to refine preestablished human discourses, Ruist (Confucian) metaphysics and theology especially can be recognized as being historically pursued as a science by its own right. Eventually, the distinction of Western and Ruist traditions of metaphysics and theology, as well as the imperfections in each of them, speaks to the need of mutual learning for constructing a more robust metaphysical worldview in the twenty-first century.


 

Keywords: Metaphysics, Theology, Science, Ruism, Confucianism, Kant, Luo Qinshun

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(footnote) Bin Song, “Comparative Metaphysics and Theology as a Scientific Endeavor: A Ruist (Confucian) Perspective,” Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry 1, no. 2 (Fall 2019): 203-24, https://doi.org/10.33929/sherm.2019.vol1.no2.05.

(bibliography) Song, Bin. “Comparative Metaphysics and Theology as a Scientific Endeavor: A Ruist (Confucian) Perspective,” Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry 1, no. 2 (Fall 2019): 203-24. https://doi.org/10.33929/sherm.2019.vol1.no2.05.

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Song, Bin. “Comparative Metaphysics and Theology as a Scientific Endeavor: A Ruist (Confucian) Perspective.” Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry, vol. 1, no. 2, Fall 2019, doi.org/10.33929/sherm.2019.vol1.no2.05, pp. 203-24.

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Song, B. (2019). Comparative Metaphysics and Theology as a Scientific Endeavor: A Ruist (Confucian) Perspective. Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry, 1(2), 203-224. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.33929/sherm.2019.vol1.no2.05.


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