[MaFLa] invitation to a talk on`Double-vision and the Perspective of the Sage in Early China`- Tuesday, 18 November, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412

Krisztina Biber biberk at ceu.hu
Wed Nov 12 09:41:09 CET 2014

    The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to a talk 
 (as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)
 Curie Virag (CEU, University of Toronto)
 `Double-vision and the Perspective of the Sage in Early China`  
 Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412
 A striking and recurring theme in early Chinese philosophy is the idea
that the perfect knowing of the sage is characterized by double-vision.
Although different texts ascribe different combinations of perspectives
to this doubleness – inside and outside, immediate and transcendent,
emotionally engaged and detached – the basic idea is that the optimal
point of view is provided by the capacity to embody two distinct vantage
points, the one personal and particular, the other impartial and
universal. Tracing this theme in early Daoist and Confucian writings
(primarly the Zhuangzi and Xunzi) and in later philosophy and visual
practice, I will discuss what such an account of sagely vision entailed,
how it endeavored to negotiate between objective and subjective points
of view, and what it reveals about the distinct character of early
Chinese ethics and conceptions of knowing. 

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