Conceptions of self/no‐self and modes of connection comparative soteriological structures in classical chinese thought

Journal of Religious Ethics 33 (2):293-331 (2005)
Abstract
This essay examines the ways that the terms "self and "no-self can illuminate the views of classical Chinese thinkers, particularly Confucians such as Confucius, Mencius, and Xunzi, and the Daoist thinker Zhuangzi. In particular, the use of the term "no-self" to describe Zhuangzi's position is defended. The concepts of self and no-self are analyzed in relation to other terms within the thinkers' "concept clusters" - specifically temporality, nature, and social roles - and suggestions are given for constructing typologies that sort out the range of meanings of self and no-self based on the characteristics of the relations among terms within the concept clus- ters. The essay focuses on the way that the Confucians and Zhuangzi use concepts of self and no-self, respectively, as soteriological strategies that aim at making connections with larger systems or wholes, and it concludes that different connections are emphasized by the Confucians and Zhuangzi precisely because the various connections are made possible and sustained by different conceptions of self, temporality, nature, and social roles
Keywords temporality  no‐self  self  nature  Confucian ethics  Zhuangzi
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9795.2005.00190.x
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 27,636
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
The Principles of Psychology.William James - 1890 - Dover Publications.
A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy.Wing-tsit Chan - 1963 - Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Confucius: The Analects.D. C. Lau (ed.) - 2000 - Columbia University Press.
Mencius. Mencius - 2009 - Columbia University Press.

View all 19 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Following Nature with Mengzi or Zhuangzi.Franklin Perkins - 2005 - International Philosophical Quarterly 45 (3):327-340.
Mencius and Early Chinese Thought.Kwong-loi Shun - 1997 - Stanford University Press.
Zhuangzi's Notion of Transcendental Life.Eske Møllgaard - 2005 - Asian Philosophy 15 (1):1-18.
The Zhuangzi and You 遊: Defining an Ideal Without Contradiction.Alan Levinovitz - 2012 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 11 (4):479-496.
Names and Words in the Philosophy of Zhuangzi.Guorong Yang - 2008 - Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 (1):1-26.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2010-08-24

Total downloads

32 ( #160,408 of 2,169,122 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

2 ( #186,290 of 2,169,122 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums