Ming in the Zhuangzi Neipian : enlightened engagement

Karyn L. LAI, Wai Wai CHIU

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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 (daoshu 道樞) and, from there, responds to the different views limitlessly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-543
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Chinese Philosophy
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013

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