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Title: Visiting the Beyond: Imagination and Body Experience
Authors: 黃冠閔
Huang, Kung-Min
Contributors: 政大哲學系
Keywords: 宇宙性 ; 意象 ; 旅程 ; 價值 ; 漫遊
Cosmic ; Image ; Journey ; Value ; Wandering
Date: 2009-12
Issue Date: 2012-09-11 10:07:54 (UTC+8)
Abstract: Among the ordinary tourist experiences in the global age, the journey can receive a different rendering adapted from Chinese tradition. This paper bases on the conceptual determination of wandering or voyage in Confucianism and Taoism, in order to investigate the different clues drawn from the divergence of significance, especially from Chuang-tzu’s description of wandering. In following the idea of visiting the beyond, this reflection links the journey to the imagination in endorsing a transformative power in it. The descriptions of handling a boat or of swimming by Chuang-tzu reveal the characteristic of bodily experience, but also erase some established boundaries; it is the idea of forgetting. The procedure of forgetting combines body and imagination, which leads to a new experience; in the forgetting, the new and the old are merged together. Rather than being absorbed in the repetition of old schema, the imaginary journey can bring forth a different engagement of the bodily subject. By way of Bachelard’s poetics, one can realize the singularity of the image and the construction of the imagination, which help to open the cosmic dimension. While the imagination breaks through the reality, it releases also a beyond and expands the human capacity. The imaginary experience can therefore enlarge the bodily experience, in the meantime, the imaginary journey may have a moral sense by rendering a revaluation. In fact, a moral agent experiences a transmutation of values with his concrete body. This perspective may help us to arrive at a new consideration of the journey experience, to join the cosmic movement implied in the original constitution of imagination.
Relation: 運動文化研究, 11, 7-32
Data Type: article
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