The Dialectic Mode

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


The dialectic mode of harmony calls for a wise treatment of the changing interaction between the opposites within forms of beings or things. Such treatment is conducted in the light of the principle of harmonizing or conciliating the conflict caused by the opposition. This being the case, the line of thought follows such a logical sequence: wherever there are forms of beings of all conceivable kinds, there is naturally the objective existence of the opposites within them. These opposites are not merely interdependent, but also interactive as regards their respective functions and values. As a consequence, they will lead to their coexistence in an ontological sense, and meanwhile, to their opposition against one another in a kinetic sense. When the power of their opposition grows to a certain extent, it gives rise to the tension of conflict.


Dialectic mode of harmony Forms of beings Opposites Conflict Five vital forces 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina

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