A logical framework derived from philosophy of language for analysis of the terms of traditional Chinese medicine and an example for analysis of "kidney essence"

Jian Hua Huang, Wen Wei Li, Qin Bian, Zi Yin Shen

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Abstract

The true meanings of the terms of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) need to be analyzed on a logical basis. It is not suitable to use a new term to interpret an old term of TCM, or arbitrarily specify the special term of TCM corresponding to some substances of modern medicine. In philosophy of language, language has a logical structure, which reflects the structure of the world, that is to say, language is the picture of the world in a logical sense. Using this idea, the authors collected the ancient literature on "kidney essence", and extracted each necessary condition for "kidney essence". All necessary conditions formed a sufficient condition to define the term "kidney essence". It is expected that this example can show the effectiveness of philosophy of language in analysis of the terms of TCM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)929-932
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Chinese Integrative Medicine
Volume9
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011

Keywords

  • Kidney essence
  • Linguistics
  • Logic
  • Medicine
  • Philosophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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