個人簡介：莊錦章教授為香港科技大學人文學部榮休教授，著有Early Confucian Ethics（早期儒家倫理學；Open Court, 2007）及Zhuangzi’s Critique of the Confucians（莊子評儒；State University of New York Press, 2016）等。
2018/9/8 | 14:00 – 15:30Speaker: Professor Kim-chong ChongVenue: HKBU Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology (Level 7, Shaw Tower)Language: English
Biography: Professor Kim-chong Chong is Professor Emeritus at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the author of Early Confucian Ethics (Open Court, 2007) and Zhuangzi’s Critique of the Confucians (State University of New York Press, 2016).
Abstract: The story of Zi Qing in the Zhuangzi has often been read as expressing spontaneity and its psychological processes. These processes are sometimes equated with mysticism. I discuss the story within two relatively neglected contexts. (1) The Zhuangzi’s parody of shamanic practices. We find in Zi Qing a notion of self-cultivation bringing about a non-shamanic shen or spirit. (2) The relation between heaven and the human. Thus, “heaven” should not refer to a supernatural realm that confers magical abilities through shamanic ritual. Instead, it refers to the human potential to cultivate a natural vitality. As illustrated by Zi Qing, this can have aesthetically powerful results. By “matching heaven with heaven,” the story resolves a tension in the Zhuangzi between acting in accordance with heaven on the one hand, and human action on the other.
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