Prolegomena to a Study of the Development of Chinese Thought

Prolegomena to a Study of the Development of Chinese Thought

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...of Nature became an important feature of Taoism. Thus, in its emphasis upon the ineffability of Tao; in its attempt, though vague, at a theory of emanation; and in its soheme of salvation it is obvious that this system was entirely consistent with the Ethico-spiritual, which in Lao-tsz we have found so well illustrated. Spirit comes first and all is for the sake of the spirit. And for that reason we have found it very closely resembling the cosmological scheme of Plptinus. Indeed, the Western mind can well afford to seek a better acquaintance with the system of Lao-tsz just for the sake of its emphasis upon the value of the place of spirit in h the Universe. However, that this system was not elaborated with real speculative interest, is evident because it has elements that are distinctly stoical rather than Neo-platonic 54). He chooses also to describe Reality in terms of an all-pervading and immanent Lagos, thus allowing the transcendence to pass by the board, with no effort to reconcile the two. II. CHEO-TSZ. Coming down to the Modern period of Chinese philosophy 55), we may examine the system of Cheo-tsz. He went back to the system of Yih, developed its implications, and reduced them to a system. Dispensing with the symbols, he attempted to show how, through the action and reaction of the Yin and Yan principles, the myriads of things arise. One can best see how he treatsthis problem by referring to the diagram of Casmogony as here appended: 34). To be sure, Neo-Platonism is spoken of as a synthesis of Platonism, Aristotle and Stoicism. But it is a far more successful synthesis than Lao-tsz succeeded in making. 55). Following the system of Lao-tsz, there are a few attempts to solve the casmological problem; but they are more

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