Philosophy of change and the deconstruction of self in the Zhuangzi

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    Abstract

    This essay will focus on two issues: Zhuangzi's philosophy of change and his deconstruction of self.1 First, I will examine Zhuangzi's philosophy of change and its soteriological thesis-to go along with the infinite transformation of things. This will bring us to the further exploration of the relationship between the underlying soteriological thesis and Zhuangzi's deconstructive strategy. Second, I will reveal how Zhuangzi's deconstruction of the self-identity of the human subject-the self-is based on his understanding of all changes that human beings inevitably undergo. I will argue that Zhuangzi's deconstruction of conceptual-linguistic hierarchies is an integral part of his deconstruction of self, and thus emphasize how Zhuangzi's deconstruction differs from the Derridean one.2 The goal of this study is to rediscover the significance of Zhuangzi's discourse for contemporary philosophy.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)345-360
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Chinese Philosophy
    Volume27
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2021

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Philosophy

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