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Students' exposure to the Taoist thinking pattern should have a significant meaning in their cognitive development and life enrichment. The thinking pattern reflected in Taoist discourse is in sharp contrast to what is demonstrated in Aristotelian rhetoric. The circular thinking pattern usually resided in a paradoxical and/or relativistic statements and is a surrogate for the Taoist notion of infinity. It permeates into Chinese communication and can be found in many commonly used Chinese idioms. However, this thinking pattern is not exclusively Chinese. Similar patterns can be identified in North America as well, though they may not represent the mainstream pattern. Taoist thinking pattern is also consistent with the way different variables are found to be associated in communication studies. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/RS)

Descriptors: Chinese, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Style, Communication (Thought Transfer), Cultural Context, Discourse Analysis, Higher Education, Idioms, Taoism

Autor: Ma, Ringo

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9743&id=ED357405

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