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Jongju Kim – Depression and the Neo-Confucian Ethics


THE LETTER 34 (Summer 2005) pages 91-107


…elle est comme une montagne couverte d’arbres. Settlement, des habitants des environs commencent a couper les arbres. Le bienfait de la nuit est d’apporter un nouveau foisonnement de surgeons, mais au matin, les troupeaux viennent, qui les devorent, et finalement, la montagne est une surface chauve, sur laquelle rien ne pousse.


A philosophical disease My heading here is the title of the book by Carl Elliott, an associate professor at the Center for Bioethics in University of Minnesota. He said that many of its central ideas came from Wittgenstein’s later work, Philosophical Investigations. Wittgenstein wrote: ‘A philosopher’s treatment of a question is like the treatment of an illness.’ He saw the questions that troubled many philosophers as symptoms of philosophical confusion,which he likened to a kind of spiritual illness.

Depression and the Neo-Confucian Ethics

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