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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front Phil Chin    2013, Vol. 8 Issue (4) : 641-654
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Effacements of Form
John Sallis()
Department of Philosophy, Boston College, MA 02467, USA Freiburg Institute for Advanced Study, Universit?t Freiburg, Fahnenbergplatz, 79085 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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The theme of this essay is expressed in a line from the Dao De Jing: “The great image has no form.” The essay shows how this effacement, annulment, or withdrawal of form is realized in ancient Chinese painting (Song and Ming Dynasties) and in the conception of the natural elements to which much of this painting is related. Certain resonances with this effacement of form are identified in the way that recent Continental thought focuses on an effacement of form as it was determined in ancient Greek philosophy.

Keywords form      Guo Xi      horizon      image      landscape painting      mountain      Socrates     
Corresponding Authors: John Sallis,   
Issue Date: 05 December 2013
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