Names and Words in the Philosophy of "Zhuangzi"

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 (1):1 - 26 (2008)
Abstract
The examination of names and words constitutes an important aspect of the philosophy of Zhuangzi. With the debate over the relationship between name and reality as its background, this examination not only involves the connection between form and meaning, but also targets at the connection between concepts and objects. The debate over the relationship between name and reality correlates with the discussion of the connection between words and meanings or ideas. For Zhuangzi, the function of names and words is first and foremost embodied as the classification and distinction of being, while the Dao, as the universal principle of being, is characterized by equality and throughness. This leads to an inherent disparity and tension between names, words and the Dao. Zhuangzi's thinking and argument concern the connections between name and reality, words and ideas, and the Dao and words. This displays multiple theoretical perspectives and the complexity of its thought. /// 对名与言的考察,构成了《庄子》哲学的重要方面。以名实之辩为背景,名与 育的考察既捞及语言形式与涵义的关系,也指向概念与对象的关系。与名实之辩相 关的是言意之辩,后者所指向的是言与意的关系。同时,对《庄子》而言,名言的 作用首先表现为对存在的 "分" 和 "别", 而 "道" 作为存在的普遍原理,则以 "齐" 与 "通" 为内在品格,后者使道与名言呈现内在的距离和张力。对名与实、言与意、 道与言等关系的辨析,既展示了《庄子》的多重理论视域,又表现了其思想的复杂性。.
Keywords Zhuangzi   Dao and words   words and ideas   Chinese philosophy   names and words   name and reality
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