Incongruent Names: A Theme in the History of Chinese Philosophy
D’Ambrosio,Paul J.1; Kantor,Hans Rudolf2; Moeller,Hans Georg3
Source PublicationDao
AbstractThis essay is meant to shed light on a discourse that spans centuries and includes different voices. To be aware of such trans-textual resonances can add a level of historical understanding to the reading of philosophical texts. Specifically, we intend to demonstrate how the notion of the ineffable Dao, prominently expressed in the Daodejing, informs a long discourse on incongruent names (ming) in distinction to a mainstream paradigm that demands congruity between names and what they designate. Thereby, we trace the development of the idea of the ineffable Dao quite differently from modern mystical interpretations. We show how, in an early Chinese context, it first gives rise to a sociopolitical critique of the incongruity underlying socially constructed names in the Zhuangzi, then to a discourse on the incongruity between moral virtues and names in Xuanxue philosophy, and eventually to Sengzhao’s claim that a perceived congruence of names with things does not entail actual congruence between names and reality.
KeywordIncongruity Names (ming) Sengzhao Xuanxue Zhuangzi
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Corresponding AuthorD’Ambrosio,Paul J.
Affiliation1.Department of Philosophy and Institute of Modern Chinese Thought and CultureEast China Normal University,Shanghai,500 Dongchuan Road, Minhang District,China
2.Graduate Institute of Asian HumanitiesHuafan UniversityTaipei,New Taipei City,No 1, Huafan Rd, Shihding Dist,22301,Taiwan
3.Philosophy and Religious Studies ProgramUniversity of Macau,Macau,Room 4102, Faculty of Arts and Humanities Building E21, Avenida da Universidade, Taipa,Macao
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D’Ambrosio,Paul J.,Kantor,Hans Rudolf,Moeller,Hans Georg. Incongruent Names: A Theme in the History of Chinese Philosophy[J]. Dao,2018,17(3):305-330.
APA D’Ambrosio,Paul J.,Kantor,Hans Rudolf,&Moeller,Hans Georg.(2018).Incongruent Names: A Theme in the History of Chinese Philosophy.Dao,17(3),305-330.
MLA D’Ambrosio,Paul J.,et al."Incongruent Names: A Theme in the History of Chinese Philosophy".Dao 17.3(2018):305-330.
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