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Logic in the general meaning of a theory of formally valid inference was an unknown concept in pre-modern China. Nevertheless, there is early evidence of a noted interest in logical questions in the broadest sense. As had been the case in ancient Greece and India, in the China of the Warring States period this interest also evolved from reflection about the methodology of discussion. It was noticeable first in the Dialecticians or Disputants (bianzhe), who have been regarded as part of the separate School of Names (mingjia) since the Han era. The most important representatives of…

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Kurtz, Joachim, “Logic”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 05 December 2022 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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