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Title: Hsiung Shih-li’s Hermeneutics of Self:Making a Confucian Identity in Buddhist Words
Other Titles: 熊十力的自我詮釋學:析論在佛教名相中的儒家身分
Authors: Lin, Chen-kuo
Contributors: 哲學系
Keywords: Hsiung Shih-li;Confucianism;Buddhism;Hermeneutics;Self;Yogacara
Date: 2002-06
Issue Date: 2014-01-07 17:18:34 (UTC+8)
Abstract: This essay attempts to explore through discourse analysis the making of Hsiung Shih-li’s identity as a Neo-Confucianist. Four levels of hermeneutical analysis, i.e., historical-narrative, semantic, philosophical, and existential, are taken as a methodical guide. My analysis leads to the following conclusions: (1) On the existential level, as Tu Wei-ming points out, Hsiung considered as his own ultimate concern “the quest for true self” or “the search for the truth in which life can abide”. (2) On the philosophical level, such existential quest resulted in a holistic, creative, and dynamic ontology of transformation. (3) On the semantic level, a chain of metonymic replacement can clearly be seen in Hsiung’s usages of “transformation” and “mind-volition-consciousness”, based on the various seman¬tic contexts of the Indian and Chinese Yogàcàra, Mādhyamika, Hua-yen, Ch’an, Taoism, Neo-Confucianism, and The Book of Changes. Like Indra’s net, these multivocal meanings were woven into a seemingly consistent discourse. (4) On the his-torical-narrative level, Hsiung’s autobiographi¬cal self-portrait in the genre of “recorded sayings” can be regarded as the most sig-nificant element in his hermeneutics of self, as it serves as a guide in reading Hsiung’s philoso¬phy as directed toward the searching for self. In this essay, I emphasize the last two levels of analysis in order to demon¬strate that there is no such thing as “identity” per se in a Confu¬cian philosopher and his philosophy. In the case of Hsi-ung Shih-li, we found that his Confucian identity is con¬structed through mirrors of language among which Buddhist language plays the most significant role..
Relation: 政治大學哲學學報, 8, 69-90
The national Chengchi university philosophical, 8, 69-90
Data Type: article
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