FAH/PHIL: Chinese Philosophy and Religious Studies Salon – “The Development of the Concept of Biological Generation and Transformation in Early China” by Mr. Huang Chenxi, University of Macau, Macao


Date:

13 May 2016

Venue:

E21-3118

Description:

Abstract:

Ancient Chinese people believed that living things could generate and transform to each other. There are two passages discussion the chains of transformation in the “Supreme Happiness” of Zhuangzi, “Heaven’s Gifts” of Liezi, and “Treatise on Topography” of Huainanzi. Previously scholars explained these passages from the perspectives of Daoist view of life and death and modern evolutionary theory. This speech will compare the structural differences of the two chains of transformation in relation to the cosmology presented in newly unearthed bamboo and silk manuscripts.

古人認為生物之間是可以相互生成和轉化的,這樣的材料很常見卻非常零碎。在《莊子·至樂》《列子·天瑞》和《淮南子·地形訓》中有兩段文字完整系統地記載了生物化生的鏈條。在以往的研究中,主要從道家生死觀和現代生物進化論兩方面解釋這兩段文字,而對其結構的異同及其產生分化的原因卻很少被提及。本講就這兩段文字與出土文獻中的宇宙論之關係,兩段文字之間的結構異同之比較這兩方面進行討論。

Audience:

All are welcome

Language:

Mandarin

Enquiry:

Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme
Tel: (853) 8822 4768
Email: fah.philosophy@um.edu.mo