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Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 33, 2018

Philosophical Traditions in Asia and the Pacific

Trung Do Kien
Pages 7-10
DOI: 10.5840/wcp23201833767

Vietnamese Philosophy as a Way of Life and a Redefinition of the Role of Contemporary Philosophy

Vietnamese philosophy has formed based on the combination of the three philosophy schools – Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism – and native thoughts, constitutes a philosophical complex on the view of life, worldview and epistemology. The challenge is the existence of Vietnamese philosophy is not a rationally academic theory but a way of life. In this article, the author will analyze and explain the main idea in Vietnamese philosophy and the redefinition of the role of philosophy in a contemporary world: First, the universe is explained through our view of life rather than the inverse as well as our everyday lives are explained through what happens inside of us; Second, to understand a philosophy as a way of life puts the philosophy in a position to aid and explain global issues of the twenty-first century, it is to eliminate universal ontology and external disciplines.

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