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Author Ziporyn, Brook Anthony

Title The Penumbra unbound : the neo-Taoist philosophy of Guo Xiang / Brook Ziporyn
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2003
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 186 pages)
Series SUNY series in Chinese philosophy and culture
SUNY series in Chinese philosophy and culture
Contents Classical Chinese philosophical background -- Overview of Guo Xiang's philosophical project -- Problem of spontaneity and morality in earlier Xuanxue -- Guo's solution: the image of traces -- Dangers of traces -- Interactivity without traces: "vanishing (into) things" -- Unification of independence and interdependence -- Lone-transformation -- Unity of activity and nonactivity -- Guo Xiang's use of the term Xing: the inherency of change and the confluence of chance, freedom, and necessity in the notion of the self-so -- Comparative notes on freedom and determinism
Summary "The Penumbra Unbound is the first English language book-length study of the Neo-Taoist thinker Guo Xiang (d. 312 C.E.), commentator on the classic Taoist text, the Zhuangzi. The author explores Guo's philosophy of freedom and spontaneity, explains its coherence and importance, and shows its influence on later Chinese philosophy, particularly Chan Buddhism. The implications of his thought on freedom versus determinism are also considered in comparison to several positions advanced in the history of Western philosophy, notably those of Spinoza, Kant, Schopenhauer, Fichte, and Hegel. Guo's thought reinterprets the classical pronouncements about the Tao so that it in no way signifies any kind of metaphysical absolute underlying appearances, but rather means literally "nothing." This absence of anything beyond appearances is the first premise in Guo's development of a theory of radical freedom, one in which all phenomenal things are "self-so," creating and transforming themselves without depending on any justification beyond their own temporary being."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-182) and index
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Subject Guo, Xiang, -312
Guo, Xiang, -312
Taoist philosophy
Taoist philosophy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1417506849 (electronic bk.)
9781417506842 (electronic bk.)
0791456625 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780791456620 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0791456617 (alk. paper)
9780791456613 (alk. paper)
Other Titles Neo-Taoist philosophy of Guo Xiang