The present paper argues that early metaphysical Confucianism can be contexualized as a parahumanistic scientific endeavor. As it is
based on a multidimensional paradigm, it can provide humankind with a more comprehensive understanding of itself and the world around it.
The Zhongyong posits that the evolutionary process extrapolates the observable realm of existence and shows the need for oneness
between tian and di for those individuals who are in search of the highest Confucian evolutionary conquest: sagehood. It also serves as a
technical manual for achieving this end. If the result is a replicable one, attainable by any interested individual, then this can be seen as an
empirical work and Confucianism subsequently categorized within the scope of science. Within the complex and intelligent process of tian,
lies the Way of ethics or the Way of the cosmos, which is pre-requisite to the evolution of the human consciousness, regarding cheng as a
tool to fulfill this need. As the highest goal of metaphysical Confucianism is the rediscovery of the individual’s cosmic nature which lies within
everyone, the authors consider that cosmoethics is the mainstay for the operation of the universe.
|"Early Confucian Metaphysics as Scientific Parahumanism"