Q: “What are the major differences between Eastern and Western philosophies?”

Quite a bit of research on the subject. (Suggest Huntington)

In the most reductive of terms:

Chinese langauge is unforutnately good for poetry and analogy and not for logic or precision. English is the opposite. All germanics are the opposite. indo european langauges in general are the opposite. In technical terms this means chinese is a low precision high context language, and english is a high precision low context language. Even as such we can still separate philosophy into math, science, Logic, Rationalism, Reason, literature, and Myth. And we can then add lying to those spectrum with sophistry, magic-pseudoscience, Sophistry-Idealism, and occult-theology. But assuming we avoid the topics of lying, chinese philosophy is nowhere close to Rationalism (kantian), but lies somewhere between Logic (Socrates) and Reasoning( Plato-idealism ). The difference in structure is different from differnce in objective: it’s in whether we seek to understand master and transform the world as it is, or we seek wisdom to live within the world as it is. Are we seeking conquest of the universe or accomodation. And that is the principle difference: truth vs wisdom.

Military: East Asian Delay and Deceive vs European Solve it Quickly and Openly.
Political: East Asian hierarchical family vs European (Aristocratic) Markets of Peers.
Metaphysical: Verbs(doing) and Relations vs Nouns(things) and
Decidability: harmony(non-conflict) vs adversarialism (competition)
Unstated: Seeking Stagnation vs Seeking Continuous Advantage
Character: Humility (good peasants) vs Heroism (good soldiers)
Relations: Someone is always superior and someone inferior vs We seek peerage
Man: (See their art) Asian “man is bad” (Chinese art) vs European “Man is Ideal”(Greek art)
Value of Life: They don’t vs We do.

They face an unstoppable monolithic authoritarian state and humility in their place within it. We face a market competition for survival and status and lionize achievers.

This is why Christianity was successful in the west: the european tradition was martial, heroic, and aristocratic, and everyone else was ‘human domesticated animals’. Christianity made paying the high cost of adhering to extremely costly western norms virtuous and ended the problem of a two-tiered society of ‘citizens and slaves’.

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