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Ge Hong’s Doctrine of Xuan Dao

Ji Zhang

in One and Many: A Comparative Study of Plato's Philosophy and Daoism Represented by Ge Hong

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835545
eISBN:
9780824871291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835545.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter looks at Ge Hong's doctrine of Xuan Dao in his book Baopuzi, stating that Daoist texts bear similarity to alchemical cycles of transformation to refine essential meanings beneath the ... More


Ge Hong’s Doctrine of Immortal Beings

Ji Zhang

in One and Many: A Comparative Study of Plato's Philosophy and Daoism Represented by Ge Hong

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835545
eISBN:
9780824871291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835545.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter talks about Ge Hong's attempt to systematize the Western Han's beliefs in immortality, to defend them against detractors, and to insist on their core value for his tradition. Ge Hong ... More


The One

Ji Zhang

in One and Many: A Comparative Study of Plato's Philosophy and Daoism Represented by Ge Hong

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835545
eISBN:
9780824871291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835545.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines how the One shapes different progenies of the One, and the One unfolds its essence into the plural existence of the many. This is the first argument concerning Ge Hong's two ... More


The Many

Ji Zhang

in One and Many: A Comparative Study of Plato's Philosophy and Daoism Represented by Ge Hong

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835545
eISBN:
9780824871291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835545.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter explores two distinct natural philosophies: Ge Hong's alchemical universe and Plato's geometrical world. It begins with a critique of the “alchemy as chemistry” thesis in Daoist studies, ... More


Ge Hong’s Preservation of the One

Ji Zhang

in One and Many: A Comparative Study of Plato's Philosophy and Daoism Represented by Ge Hong

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835545
eISBN:
9780824871291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835545.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter turns to Daoist epistemology, specifically, Ge Hong's preservation of the One. Unlike Plato's abstract reasoning, Ge Hong's notion of knowledge is empirical. It neither regards reason as ... More


Gods, Demons, and Elixirs: Alchemy in Fourth-Century Jiangnan

in Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804751773
eISBN:
9780804767736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804751773.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines the relation of the Taiqing tradition to the contemporary religious legacies of Jiangnan. It considers the relationship of waidan to the fourth-century legacies of Jiangnan ... More


Nothing

Ji Zhang

in One and Many: A Comparative Study of Plato's Philosophy and Daoism Represented by Ge Hong

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835545
eISBN:
9780824871291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835545.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter discusses how the “one and the many” problem is ontological, and that any presupposed ontological reality must answer the question of how the changing world either rises out of or hinges ... More


Comparative Methodology

Ji Zhang

in One and Many: A Comparative Study of Plato's Philosophy and Daoism Represented by Ge Hong

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835545
eISBN:
9780824871291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835545.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This concluding chapter discusses the significance of comparative methodology. The discourse of the comparative study has two phases. It begins with the phase of contrasting and arrives at a deep ... More


One and Many: A Comparative Study of Plato's Philosophy and Daoism Represented by Ge Hong

Ji Zhang

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835545
eISBN:
9780824871291
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835545.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Is the world one or many? This book revisits this ancient philosophical question from the modern perspective of comparative studies. The investigation stages an intellectual exchange between Plato, ... More


Verbal Self-Presentation and Audience Response

Robert Ford Campany

in Making Transcendents: Ascetics and Social Memory in Early Medieval China

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833336
eISBN:
9780824870218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833336.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter presents a story in Ge Hong’s Traditions of Divine Transcendents about Han Emperor Wu’s encounter with an adept, described as a mysterious old man. During their meeting, the old man told ... More


Two Forms of Enlightenment

Ji Zhang

in One and Many: A Comparative Study of Plato's Philosophy and Daoism Represented by Ge Hong

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835545
eISBN:
9780824871291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835545.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter initially looks at various passages mainly in the Republic to understand the theory of Forms that defined ontology in degrees, with an intent to identify the antithesis of transcendence ... More


Bringing Transcendents Down to Earth

Robert Ford Campany

in Making Transcendents: Ascetics and Social Memory in Early Medieval China

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833336
eISBN:
9780824870218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833336.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter considers the passage in Ge Hong’s Traditions of Divine Transcendents, which narrates how the pill, “efflorescence of vermilion” had granted an adept named Ling Shouguang two hundred ... More


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