Beyond Oneness and Difference: Li and Coherence in Chinese by Brook Ziporyn

By Brook Ziporyn

Continues the author’s inquiry into the advance of the chinese language philosophical inspiration Li, concluding in music and Ming dynasty Neo-Confucianism.

Beyond Oneness and Difference considers the improvement of 1 of the most important strategies of chinese language highbrow historical past, Li. A clutch of the unusual background of this time period and its likely conflicting implications—as oneness and differentiation, because the knowable and as what transcends wisdom, because the strong and because the transcendence of fine and undesirable, as order and as omnipresence—raises questions on the main easy construction blocks of our considering. This exploration all started within the book’s spouse volume, Ironies of Oneness and Difference, which certain how formative Confucian and Daoist thinkers approached and demarcated techniques of coherence, order, and cost, making a choice on either ironic and non-ironic developments within the elaboration of those center rules. within the current quantity, Brook Ziporyn is going directly to study the results of Li as they improve in Neo-Daoist metaphysics and in chinese language Buddhism, finally turning into foundational to tune and Ming dynasty Neo-Confucianism, the orthodox ideology of overdue imperial China. Ziporyn’s interrogation is going past research to bare the unsuspected variety of human considering on those so much primary different types of ontology, metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics.

Brook Ziporyn is Professor of chinese language Philosophy, faith, and Comparative notion on the college of Chicago Divinity university. he's the writer of a number of books, together with The Penumbra Unbound: The Neo-Taoist Philosophy of Guo Xiang and Ironies of Oneness and distinction: Coherence in Early chinese language inspiration; Prolegomena to the research of Li, either additionally released by means of SUNY Press.

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The same is true of Dao, the ironic Dao which is the failure of all literal small‑d daos: it does what small‑d daos are suppose to do (bring order, sustainability, harmony, satisfaction) but does so precisely by not providing them literally in the expected way. Real values are attained by failing to attain value as origi‑ nally conceived: this is ironic value. Real virtue, the virtuosity implicitly promised by the ideal of virtue, is attained by failing to attain that ideal virtue literally. This is ironic virtue.

I allow only as much into a “respect” as can turn out to be non‑contradictory. ” How long is one “time”? Unless moments are dimension‑ less simples, which would present insuperable metaphysical difficulties, the duration of a “time” in this sense must be variable, and the same problems about their definition applies: however much time can include a set of events or predicates or actions that are non‑contradictory in whatever sense is under examination will be what counts as a single time in that case.

The Law of Non‑Contradiction does not tell me that the world, or any actual entity in the world, or any truth about the world, is non‑contradictory, nor that there are really samenesses and differ‑ ences, simpliciter, in the world. It just tells me that wherever I can describe two contrary characteristics as coexistent in some composite, I will describe that coexistence as a non‑contradictory complexity of a single entity, and whenever the elements in a composite entity fail to be capable of coexist‑ ing, due to a conflict between them, I will simply define the elements as no longer belonging to a single entity.

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