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By Ming Dong Gu

This bold paintings presents a scientific learn of chinese language theories of studying and writing in highbrow concept and important perform. the writer continues that there are significant hermeneutic traditions in chinese language literature: the politico-moralistic mainstream and the metaphysico-aesthetical undercurrent. In exploring the interplay among the 2, Ming Dong Gu unearths a stream towards interpretive openness. during this, the chinese language perform anticipates sleek and Western theories of interpretation, particularly literary openness and open poetics. vintage chinese language works are tested, together with the Zhouyi (the I Ching or ebook of Changes), the Shijing (the ebook of Songs or publication of Poetry), and chosen poetry, in addition to the philosophical heritage of the hermeneutic theories. eventually, Gu relates the chinese language practices of interpreting to Western hermeneutics, supplying a cross-cultural conceptual version for the comparative examine of interpreting and writing more often than not.

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Hirsch’s intentionalist theory. Like Mencius, Hirsch is concerned with whether an interpretation is the correct meaning of the text. He wants to locate a criterion for validating interpretations that does not depend totally on the reader’s subjective reading. The criterion that he proposes is the authorial intention that produced the text. The goal of interpretation is, at least in principle, to reconstruct that authorial intention. ”11 The Husserlian view conceives of meaning as a wordless act willed by the author, which is fixed in a series of codes for all time and may be understood through the same system of codes.

42 As though in response to this question, Zhuangzi supplemented his main thesis with a distinction: “That which can be talked about in words is the general aspect of things. That which can be communicated through ideas is the refined aspect of things. ” There is a distinction that is the tricky part of the matter. Language can describe the general conditions of things; but it cannot describe the subtle aspect of things, which only the mind can intuitively grasp. Things in the world are tangible objects (xing’erxia), but metaphysical objects like the Dao cannot be described by language or understood by the mind.

Once he gets the message, the container (language) is cast away. The idea imparted by the rhetorical question may be viewed as an argument against the illusion and the conventional view. It seems to imply that it is impossible to communicate with a person who has forgotten language. Thus, Zhuangzi revealed the paradoxical relationship between language and ideas. Language and thought are compatible and conflict with one another. The former can represent the latter but only to a certain extent. This is because although language is the direct realization of ideas, language is not equivalent to ideas.

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