The Double-Edged Sword of Eastern Philosophy

 

Words are very inconsistent in what they mean and try to bound the boundless.
Words are very inconsistent in what they mean and try to bound the boundless.

I was trying to pick arguments to analyze for an assignment in my philosophy class. I came up with four or five candidates, three of which were from Zhuangzi and one of which was from the Spring and Autumn Annals. In picking the arguments, I noticed that most of the eastern ones were arguments by analogy and that they employed figurative language. So, when I’m trying to analyze eastern philosophy, those traits often present some problems.

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“The Man of the World” vs “The Worldly Man”

Witty, intellegent, lighthearted, and espescially emotional, Voltaire is a man of the world, a man whom others of the 18th century modeled. Yet on the basis that it's cruel or delusional, he ridiculed the philosophy of Leibniz, which argued that unfortunate things balance and create the best world.
Witty, intelligent, lighthearted, and especially emotional, Voltaire is a man of the world, a man whom others of the 18th century modeled. Yet on the basis that it’s cruel or delusional, he ridiculed the philosophy of Leibniz, which argued that unfortunate things balance and create the best world.

To describe a man who’s the epitome of men, some people use the phrase: a man’s man. This is a compliment just like the phrase: a man of the world.

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2 Ways to Know Everything; A View on Distinction and Nondistinction

This is the picture that made me think more about distinction.
This is the picture that made me think more about distinction.

        I was “happily” reading my calculus textbook, reading about the arc length integral, when I saw this picture of circles with inscribed polygons approximating their respective circles. I quickly took a picture, sent it to Yang, and told him that the picture shows the relationship between nondistinction and infinite distinction.

        Zhuangzi wrote that assigning attributes, or distinguishing, is like turning the circle into a square. The circle is considered to be boundless in having no corners and is meant to be a representation of nature. So by distinguishing nature, one becomes bound to their perceptions of nature.

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Working in Construction with a Glass To-Be-Window Broken

How Important the Glass Was to Us

Broken glass, which in itself creates the concept of non-broken glass, doesn't truly exist in nature.
Broken glass, which in itself creates the concept of non-broken glass, doesn’t truly exist in nature.

Hui and I used to work at a glass shop, repairing windows and installing showers, and once in a while we would have to cut pieces of glass. Being at the shop for 3 weeks, our boss still doubted whether we could use a level, so he was slightly uncomfortable with us cutting glass.

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