On Goblet Words: Coexistence and Writing in the Zhuangzi
|Keywords:||《莊子》;巵言;共存;寫作;溝通;Zhuangzi;goblet words (zhiyan);coexistence;writing;communication||Issue Date:||Mar-2017||Source:||國立臺灣大學哲學論評||Start page/Pages:||75-108||Abstract:||
This article attempts to reframe the state of research on the notion of goblet words (zhiyan) in the Zhuangzi. Recent studies predominantly view the notion of zhiyan as referring to peculiar stylistic forms exhibited in the Zhuangzi—forms such as dilemmatic questions and paradoxes. In this article, I question the quick identification of these forms as zhiyan. I argue that zhiyan are essentially definite yet provisional simple-form utterances located on the level of everyday interaction and coexistence. On this level, the peculiar stylistic forms do not play their part. However, such stylistic forms do become indispensable in discussing and recommending zhiyan. It is on this meta-level—for the Zhuangzi, the level of writing—that we find these forms employed. Based on structural similarities, we may stretch the label ‘zhiyan’ to include such forms but should keep in mind that any such extension is secondary to the use of language in coexisting with others.
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