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ERIC Number: EJ1046437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Hundun's Hospitality: Daoist, Derridean and Levinasian Readings of Zhuangzi's Parable
Wu, Meiyao
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v46 n13 p1435-1449 2014
At the end "Zhuangzi 7," Hundun (the Middle Sea) invites his two neighbours, the North Sea and South Sea, to visit him. They repay his kindness by drilling seven holes (for seeing, hearing, breathing and eating) in his face to make him more "human" but Hundun dies. This essay pursues Daoist, Derridean and Levinasian readings of the parable which foreground issues of non-duality and the absolute priority yet impossibility of unconditional hospitality or infinite openness to others (or to the Other). Key concepts include selflessness, non-duality and/or the relativity of opposites in Laozi and Zhuangzi, conditional and unconditional hospitality and the "aporia" of gift-giving in Derrida and in Levinas the ontological priority of infinity to totality, that of the face of the other or neighbour to the self or subject, and that of "saying" to "the said".
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Language: English
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