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Abstract

This article proposes a mereological approach to the dao-you relation in the Daodejing. I claim that dao and you can be conceived of as two integrated subregions, defined in terms of rules of composition and their persistence through time. I show that dao is an atemporal object (a four-dimensional unrestricted composition), whereas you is a temporal object (a three-dimensional restricted composition). This particular approach can provide a new understanding of essential issues in Daoist metaphysics.

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