Culture, dialectics, and reasoning about contradiction.

  title={Culture, dialectics, and reasoning about contradiction.},
  author={Kaiping Peng and Richard E. Nisbett},
  journal={American Psychologist},
Chinese ways of dealing with seeming contradictions result in a dialectical or compromise approach—retaining basic elements of opposing perspectives by seeking a "middle way." On the other hand, European-American ways, deriving from a lay version of Aristotelian logic, result in a differentiation model that polarizes contradictory perspectives in an effort to determine which fact or position is correct. Five empirical studies showed that dialectical thinking is a form of folk wisdom in Chinese… Expand

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