Qing (情) and Emotion in Early Chinese Thought
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Ming Qing Yanjiu 2001:151-176 (2001)
In a 1967 article, A. C. Graham made the claim that 情 qing should never be translated as "emotions" in rendering early Chinese texts into English. Over time, sophisticated translators and interpreters have taken this advice to heart, and qing has come to be interpreted as "the facts" or "what is genuine in one." In these English terms all sense of interrelationality is gone, leaving us with a wooden, objective stasis. But we also know, again partly through the work of Graham, that interrelationality was of fundamental importance in the early Chinese cosmology and that qing, by later carrying the meaning of "emotions," expressed that interrelationality. I take as my project in this article the recovery of an emotional adumbration in the qing of early Chinese texts, notably the Mencius, from which Graham begins his discussion. With an eye to explicating qing in the Mencius, and with a sensitivity to an implied notion of interrelationality in early texts, I survey early literature from the Shu Jing to late commentaries on the Yi Jing. I find that usages of qing and contexts in which qing is used inevitably illuminate it as key term in the evocation of interrelationality, shading it with emotional overtones. Emotions, of course, are inherently interrelational, and even more so in a Chinese world in which the internal and the external are in constant communication by way of a cosmic interchange of arousal and response among all things. That qing, as a term which later comes to explicitly mean "emotions," should have a centuries old convention of emotional connotation prior to its explicit definition should come as no surprise. The corroboration of this supposition entails a complex investigation and analysis, however, and it is a preliminary step in this investigation and analysis that I undertake here.
|Keywords||Qing Emotion Affectivity Spontaneity Laozi Zhuangzi Graham 情|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Brian Bruya (2003). Qing (情) and Emotion in Early Chinese Thought. In Keli Fang (ed.), Chinese Philosophy and the Trends of the 21st Century Civilization. Commercial Press
Tang Yijie, Brian Bruya & Hai-ming Wen (2003). Emotion in Pre-Qin Ruist Moral Theory: An Explanation of "Dao Begins in Qing". Philosophy East and West 53 (2):271-281.
Yijie Tang, Brian Bruya & Haiming Wen (2003). Emotion in Pre-Qin Ruist Moral Theory: An Explanation of "Dao Begins in Qing". Philosophy East and West 53 (2):271-281.
John H. Berthrong (2002). Cheng-Zhu Confucianism in the Early Qing: Li Guangdi (1642-1718) and Qing Learning (Review). Philosophy East and West 52 (2):256-257.
On-Cho Ng (1998). Is Emotion (Qing) the Source of a Confucian Antinomy? Journal of Chinese Philosophy 25 (2):169-190.
Chung-yi Cheng (2008). Philosophical Development in Late Ming and Early Qing. In Bo Mou (ed.), Routledge History of Chinese Philosophy. Routledge
Z. O. U. Hui (2008). Jing: A Phenomenological Reflection on Chinese Landscape and Qing. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 35 (2):353–368.
Hui Zou (2008). Jing (景): A Phenomenological Reflection on Chinese Landscape and Qing (情). Journal of Chinese Philosophy 35 (2):353-368.
Yunxia Zhu (2009). Confucian Ethics Exhibited in the Discourse of Chinese Business and Marketing Communication. Journal of Business Ethics 88 (Supplement 3):517 - 528.
Hui Zou (2010). The Philosophical Encounter Embodied by the Yuanming Yuan. Environmental Philosophy 7 (1):47-61.
On-Cho Ng (1999). An Early Qing Critique of the Philosophy of Mind-Heart (Xin): The Confucian Quest for Doctrinal Purity and the Doxic Role of Chan Buddhism. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 26 (1):89-120.
Shuduo Gong (2007). Characteristics of Lixue in Qing Dynasty. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 2 (1):1-24.
Brian James Bruya (2004). Aesthetic Spontaneity: A Theory of Action Based on Affective Responsiveness. Dissertation, University of Hawai'i
Qing Xitai (1998). The Place of Daoist Culture Within Traditional Chinese Culture: A Reappraisal. Contemporary Chinese Thought 29 (3):72-80.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2010-09-21
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?