Ming in the Zhuangzi Neipian: Enlightened Engagement

Journal of Chinese Philosophy 40 (3-4):527-543 (2013)
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In this article, we present an account of ming 明 in the Zhuangzi's Neipian in light of the disagreements among the thinkers of the time. We suggest that ming is associated with the Daoist sage's vision: he sees through the debaters' attempts to win the debates. We propose that ming is primarily a meta-epistemological stance, that is, the sage understands the nature of the debates and does not enter the fray; therefore he does not share the thinkers' anxieties. The sage takes his stance at the pivot of dao and, from there, responds to the different views limitlessly.

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Wai-wai Chiu
Lingnan University
Karyn L. Lai
University of New South Wales


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