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Author Wagner, Rudolf G.

Title Language, ontology, and political philosophy in China : Wang Bi's scholarly exploration of the dark (xuanxue) / Rudolf G. Wagner.

Published Albany : State University of New York Press, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  181.11 WAGN    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 261 pages ; 24 cm.
Series SUNY series in Chinese philosophy and culture.
SUNY series in Chinese philosophy and culture.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1 Discerning the That-by-Which: The Language of the Laozi and the Lunyu 5 -- A Plea for a History of Understanding 5 -- Consensus: The Ineffability of the Sage's Thinking 7 -- Radical Position 10 -- Developing Reading Strategies 15 -- Discussion about Language and the Thinking of the Sage in Wei 44 -- Structural Contradiction of the Confucius Texts: Talking about That-Which-Is-Dark 56 -- Logical Deduction of the Unnameability of That-by-Which the Ten Thousand Kinds of Entities Are 57 -- Deduction of the Possibility of Limited but Sufficiently Grounded Propositions about That-by-Which the Ten Thousand Kinds of Entities Are 60 -- Traces of the That-by-Which Found by the Confucius Texts within the Structures of Discernible Entities: Antinomy and Negation 62 -- Grasping Aspects of the That-by-Which 69 -- An Explanation of the Images [Xiang of the Zhouyi] 80 -- 2 Wang Bi's Ontology 83 -- Framework of Analysis 83 -- Wang Bi's Inquiry into the That-by-Which 88 -- Wang Bi's Approach 91 -- Binary Structural Organization of Entities 98 -- Order of the Ten Thousand Kinds of Entities 108 -- One and the Many 121 -- Dao 125 -- Dark 144 -- 3 Wang Bi's Political Philosophy 148 -- Actual and Perpetual Crisis of Human Society 148 -- Causes of the Crisis 153 -- Operating the Return: The Sage 177 -- Sagely Politics as Public Performance 199 -- Wang Bi's Philosophy: An Ideology? 213.
Subject Wang, Bi, 226-249.
Philosophy, Chinese -- 221 B.C.-960 A.D.
Variant Title Wang Bi's scholarly exploration of the dark (xuanxue)
ISBN 0791453316 (alk. paper)
0791453324 (paperback: alk. paper)