Ironies of oneness and difference : coherence in early Chinese thought : prolegomena to the study of Li /
Brook Ziporyn.
Albany : State University of New York Press, c2012.
ix, 323 p.
1438442890 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781438442891 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Albany : State University of New York Press, c2012.
1438442890 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781438442891 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-314) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Brook Ziporyn is Professor of Chinese Philosophy, Religion, and Comparative Thought at the University of Chicago Divinity School and Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Singapore. His books include The Penumber Unbound: The Neo-Taoist Philosophy of Guo Xiang, also published by SUNY Press.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-04-01:
This is the first of two volumes intended to serve as a lens or dictionary, tracing the range of ways thinkers have handled basic categories of human experience. Ziporyn (Univ. of Chicago Divinity School) attempts to search out the basic roots and examine the journeys of prominent thinkers. He begins with questions of coherence, e.g., what a thing is, and how things hang together. One example of the search would be to ask, in all possible contexts, "why indigenous Chinese thought had no doctrine of essences as early Greeks did?"; Plato and Aristotle, for example, attempted to search out definitive identities, individual substances, and universal essences. The author's second aim in this volume is to uncover the prehistory of the character and development of Li, which over time brings to the fore the East's and the West's fundamentally disparate ways of thinking, comparing the roots of ontology, ethics, and epistemology as related to coherence. Chapters range from "Essentials, Universals, and Omnipresence" to "The Yin-Yang Compromise." Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. M. Boyle emerita, Dowling College
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Providing a bracing expansion of horizons, this book displays the unsuspected range of human thinking on the most basic of categories of experience. The work explore the development of Chinese thought, highlighting its concern with questions of coherence.
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Explores the development of Chinese thought, highlighting its concern with questions of coherence.
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Providing a bracing expansion of horizons, this book displays the unsuspected range of human thinking on the most basic categories of experience. The way in which early Chinese thinkers approached concepts such as one and many, sameness and difference, self and other, and internal and external stand in stark contrast to the way parallel concepts entrenched in much of modern thinking development in Greek and European thought. Brook Ziporyn traces the distinctive and surprising philosophical journey found in the works of the formative Confucian and Daoist thinkers back to a prevailing set of as sumptions that tends to see questions of identity, value, and knowledge-the subject matter of ontology, ethics, and epistemology in other traditions-as all ultimately relating to questions about coherence in one form or another. Mere awareness of how many different ways human beings can think and have thought about these categories is itself a game changer for our own attitudes towards what is thinkable for us. The actual inhabitation and mastery of these alternative modes of thinking is an even greater adventure in intellectual and experiental expansion. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Rethinking Same and Differentp. 2
Coherence and Li: Plan and Method of This Book and Its Sequelp. 9
Essences, Universals, and Omnipresence: Absolute Sameness and Differencep. 19
Essences, Universals, Categories, Ideas: Simple Location and the Disjunction of Same and Different in Mainstream Western Philosophyp. 23
Same and Different in Form and Matterp. 37
Two Opposite Derivations of the Omnipresentp. 39
What is Coherence?: Chinese Paradigmsp. 49
Coherence as Opposed to Law, Rule, Principle, Pattern: Harmony Versus Repeatabilityp. 63
Is White Horse Horse?p. 71
Qian Mu's Pendulump. 77
Ironic and Non-Ironic Coherencep. 84
Non-Ironic Coherence and Negotiable Continuityp. 89
Coherence and Omniavailability of Value in Confucius and Menciusp. 89
Coherence and Heaven in the Analectsp. 94
Ritual Versus Law: Cultural Grammarp. 103
Rectification of Names: Negotiated Identity as a Function of Ritualp. 111
Classes and Types in Menciusp. 114
Omnipresence in Menciusp. 127
Transition to Ironic Coherence: Qi-Omnipresence and the Empty Center in Pre-Ironic Proto-Daoismp. 131
Ironic Coherence and the Discovery of the "Yin"p. 139
The Laozi Tradition: Desiring W/holesp. 139
Overview of Ironic Coherence in the Laozip. 142
The Five Meanings of the Unhewn: Omnipresence and Ironic Coherence in the Laozip. 146
Zhuangzi's Wild Card: Thing as Perspectivep. 162
Using the Wild Cardp. 183
The Wild Card against Both Objective Truth and Subjective Solipsismp. 188
Conclusion to Chapter Four: Ironic Coherencep. 195
Non-Ironic Responses to Ironic Coherence in Xunzi and the Record of Ritualp. 199
Xunzi and the Regulation of Sameness and Differencep. 199
Omnipresence and Coherence in Xunzip. 215
Two Texts from the Record of Ritual (Liji): "The Great Learning," and "The Doctrine of the Mean"p. 220
The Yin-Yang Compromisep. 229
Yin-Yang Theism in Dong Zhongshu: The Metastasis of Harmony and Ironyp. 250
An Alternate Yin-Yang Divination System: Yang Xiong's Taixuanjingp. 255
Conclusion and Summary Toward Lip. 265
Notesp. 269
Bibliographyp. 307
Indexp. 315
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