The Synthetic Mode

  • Keping WangEmail author
Part of the Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture book series (KCCTC)


The synthetic mode of harmony connotes a dynamic process of creative transformation. During the process, all the elements involved undergo a transformational synthesis, thus changing and collaborating with one another while maintaining their individual identity. The process as such is creative in the true sense of this term. It draws upon diversity in a harmonized form rather than uniformity in a unilateral manner. It is therefore able to constitute an organic whole in which different elements are being transformed and interacting with new vitality, thus conducing to newborn things in a reconstructive and recurring system. This pertains to chain reaction and sustainable development as well. Quite reversely, uniformity in a patternized mode rejects different elements but accepts what is alike only.


Synthetic mode of harmony Soup allegory Transformational synthesis Diversity Uniformity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina

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