Abstract

Zhuangzi’s observation of “fish happiness” is his direct reflection of the scene—supported by his resonance with the fish. In asking Zhuangzi how he knows the fish are happy, Hui Shi treats Zhuangzi’s reflection as a proposition about the fish. Hui Shi’s questions reflect a narrow empiricist epistemic approach while Zhuangzi’s replies intimate that Hui Shi’s notion of how one knows is too restrictive (even for common usage). Zhuangzi thus intimates innovative ideas about language use and cognition, and resonance and epistemic grounds, that respond to Hui Shi’s commonsense challenge.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 1307-1318
Launched on MUSE
2016-10-13
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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