From Interpretation to Construction: Guo Xiang’s Ontological Individualism

Journal of Chinese Philosophy 40 (5):171-188 (2013)
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Guo Xiang’s ontological individualism represents a case of philosophical construction based on his interpretation of the Zhuangzi. His concept of the self-transformation of the individual who is selfborn, with self-nature and without dependence on others supports the idea of individual autonomy. Nevertheless, each individual’s act for self-interest still benefits other individuals in a non-teleological mutual accommodation. The path from duhua of each individual on the level of existence, to the xiangyin among individuals on the level of action consequence, to the ideal of xuanming, is the path on which the world is to proceed.

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