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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G017-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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In classical Chinese philosophy, zhi, conventionally translated as ‘knowing’, is not so much a knowing ‘what’, which provides some understanding of the natural world, as it is a knowing ‘how’ to be adept in relationships, and ‘how’, in optimizing the possibilities that these relations provide, to develop trust in their viability. The cluster of terms that define knowing are thus programmatic and exhortative, encouraging the quality of the roles and associations that define us. Propositions may be true, but it is more important that husbands and friends be so.

Citing this article:
Hall, David L. and Roger T. Ames. Zhi, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G017-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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