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Abstract 摘要

Professor He Huaihong finds a strong correlation between the life span of Chinese philosophers and their particular way of life, informed by traditional Chinese wisdom. Although I agree in part with Professor He’s conclusions, I argue that his method is extremely problematic. He asks a scientific question that is beyond the scope of philosophical reasoning. Rather than engaging in philosophical debate, I prefer to find answers through scientific investigation. In this paper, I outline the following three difficulties with Professor He’s paper. 1. His comparative method is influenced by scientific reasoning. 2. His selection of a control group is insufficiently detailed and rational. 3. He should expand on the differences between Chinese philosophy and Western philosophy and clarify the relevance of these differences to life span.

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