David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy East and West 54 (3):322-342 (2004)
The purpose here is to explore metaphorical conceptions of the self in a fourth century B.C.E. Chinese text, the Zhuangzi, from the perspective of cognitive linguistics and the contemporary theory of metaphor. It is argued that the contemporary theory of metaphor provides scholars with an exciting new theoretical grounding for the study of comparative thought, as well as a concrete methodology for undertaking the comparative project. What is seen when the Zhuangzi is examined from the perspective of metaphor theory is that conceptions of the self portrayed in this text are based on a relatively small set of interrelated conceptual metaphors, and that the metaphysics built into the Zhuangzi's classical Chinese metaphors resonates strongly with the (mostly unconscious) metaphysical assumptions built into the metaphors of modern American English. This should not be surprising, considering the claims of contemporary cognitive linguists that the metaphoric schemas making up the foundation of human abstract conceptual life are not arbitrarily created ex nihilo, but rather emerge from common embodied experience and are conceptual, rather than merely linguistic, in nature
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|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
Jeremy Tanner (2009). Ancient Greece, Early China: Sino-Hellenic Studies and Comparative Approaches to the Classical World. A Review Article. Journal of Hellenic Studies 129:89-.
Similar books and articles
Alan Fox (1996). Reflex and Reflectivity:Wuweiin theZhuangzi. Asian Philosophy 6 (1):59-72.
Edward G. Slingerland (2004). Conceptions of the Self in The. Philosophy East and West 54 (3).
Edward G. Slingerland (2003). Effortless Action: Wu-Wei as Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China. Oxford University Press.
Kim Chong Chong (2006). Zhuangzi and the Nature of Metaphor. Philosophy East and West 56 (3):370-391.
Marga Reimer & Elisabeth Camp (2006). Metaphor. In Ernest Lepore & Barry C. Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oup Oxford.
Eske Møllgaard (2005). Zhuangzi's Notion of Transcendental Life. Asian Philosophy 15 (1):1 – 18.
Eske Møllgaard (2005). Zhuangzi's Notion of Transcendental Life. Asian Philosophy 15 (1):1-18.
Mark A. Berkson (2005). Conceptions of Self/No‐Self and Modes of Connection Comparative Soteriological Structures in Classical Chinese Thought. Journal of Religious Ethics 33 (2):293-331.
Edward Slingerland (2011). Metaphor and Meaning in Early China. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 10 (1):1-30.
Edward Gilman Slingerland (2004). Conceptions of the Self in the Zhuangzi: Conceptual Metaphor Analysis and Comparative Thought. Philosophy East and West 54 (3):322 - 342.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads23 ( #75,348 of 1,101,768 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #81,958 of 1,101,768 )
How can I increase my downloads?