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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2008, Vol. 3 Issue (3) : 389-408     https://doi.org/10.1007/s11466-008-0025-7
How is the arrival of things possible? — On things and their arrival in ancient Chinese thought
GONG Hua′nan
Philosophy Department, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
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Abstract Ancient Chinese thought inquired primarily into how the achievement of things is possible rather than into what a thing as a thing is. It held that man should participate in the achieving or generation of things in order to realize his self-achievement. A thing is understood as an event. Because all things and man are united as one, it is possible for man to enter into things by tasting and feeling rather than by relying on the sense of sight. This may provide a possible new means of rescuing things from the numericalization and phenomenalization that sweep over the world today.
Issue Date: 05 September 2008
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GONG Hua’nan. How is the arrival of things possible? — On things and their arrival in ancient Chinese thought[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2008, 3(3): 389-408.
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http://journal.hep.com.cn/fpc/EN/Y2008/V3/I3/389
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