UGA 2150 L7 - Zhuangzi

UGA 2150 L7 - Zhuangzi - UGA 2150 Lecture 7 1 Zhangz I...

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UGA 2150 Lecture 7 1 Zhūangz ǐ Zhūangz ǐ : Interest of the text - Depth of issues 1 st -order normative stance: How to live well 2 nd -order issues: What is a “way” (I )? How we can follow one? What is the basis or justification for one? Is there any uniquely correct way? What authority can we have for judgment and action? How can we live without absolute authority? “Metaphysical comfort” (interpret as providing or not?)
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2 Critical reflection on answers to central questions of Chinese thought and on point and nature of questions - Appeal of “ethical” ideal (vision of good life) Project: Self-transformation by modifying emotions and attitudes Not morality, but “answers” moral concerns An ideal of how to live well based on a critique of any ideal of how to live well Carefree, practically successful life Reduce “friction” of living Aesthetic appreciation of nature, “myriad things”
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3 Harmonious relations with others Is “morality” needed at all? Williams on “morality” vs. “ethics”
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4 - Literary quality “Classic”: Rich text that supports repeated interpretation and reinterpretation Rhetorical power: Reading alone often begins process of persuasion and transformation
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5 - Mysticism Texts mix philosophical discussion with mystical claims about dào I and action Ancient writers’ background beliefs and categories different from ours “Superpowers”—affirmed in some passages, not others To 21 st -century readers, mystical claims not convincing Defensible parts of “mystical” claims not mystical “Mystical” parts probably not defensible
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6 Use the texts’ own critical tools to show why
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7 the person - G Sh ǐ —± ³ S I & & & - No further historical information—no way to confirm/disconfirm Zhūangz ǐ h h h the book - Han History I 52 piān n , no divisions - 33 piān I , inner/outer/mixed I /I /I - Physically not unified; literarily not unified - : Only µinner” piān are by Zhuang Zhou
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8 - GrahamI Zhuangzi, Primitivist, School of Zhuangzi, Yangist - Liu Xiaogan ¨ · 5 » “ P I I & & ¨ · 5 » “ P & &
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9 “Authenticity” and interpolation (I & ) - “Great master” approach to interpretation vs. discourse-issues approach
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