Researching the History of Chinese Logic

The Role of Wen Gongyi in the Establishment of New Methodologies


  • Qingtian Cui Nankai University, Tianjin, China



Chinese logic, traditional Chinese methodology, historiography, Wen Gongyi


During the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), the progressive intellectuals, who were confronted with the all-embracing crisis of Chinese society, yearned to find the new truth within the Western ideas on the one hand, and the works of the classical Chinese philosophy of the pre-Qin era on the other. These social and historical circumstances started the research into the history of Chinese logic. In the process of these investigations, it soon became clear that more appropriate methodologies were needed to explore Chinese logic, as those used for researching Western logic were not suitable for the task. The revival and modernization of such methods took place in the latter half of the 20th century, and one of the most important figures in these processes was Professor Wen Gongyi, who was hence one of the pioneers of modern research into the history of Chinese logic. Therefore, the present article also offers a short presentation of his biography and his contributions to the development of the research into traditional Chinese logic.


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How to Cite

Cui, Q. (2021). Researching the History of Chinese Logic: The Role of Wen Gongyi in the Establishment of New Methodologies. Asian Studies, 9(2), 105–120.