Workshop – Imagining Liberation: On the Problem of Fate and Action in the Zhuangzi


Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
Internationales Forschungskolleg, Lecture Room, 3rd floor, Ulrich-Schalk Str. 3a, 91056 Erlangen
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"Imagining Liberation: On the Problem of Fate and Action in the Zhuangzi"

Convener: Albert Galvany (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris; IKGF Visiting Scholar)

Workshop: Imagining Liberation Webflyer The notion of ming (“command”, “allotment”, “life span”, “fate”) appears in the work of virtually all of the pre-imperial philosophers and plays an important role in all of these discourses. A large body of scholarship has emerged in recent years which examines this notion in the context of written sources associated with the Confucian doctrines. Yet, for all its undeniably significant presence, Western scholars have paid surprisingly little attention to the question of how this notion has been understood and used in the Zhuangzi. The essential aim of this workshop is to examine and elucidate the obfuscatory notion of ming through analysis and discussion and thus to contribute to a more comprehensive insight and understanding of this concept. Lectures will be held in English.
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10:30 a.m. Opening of the Workshop
by the director of the consortium Michael Lackner and Albert Galvany
10:45 a.m. "The Meaning of Ming 命 in the Expression xing ming zhi qing 性命之情 according to the Zhuangzi and to other texts compiled between the 3rd and 2nd Centuries B.C."
Attilio Andreini (Università Ca‘Foscari, Venice)
11:30 a.m. "Like a Destiny. Zhuangzi and the Notion of Ming 命 in Pre-Imperial China"
Song Gang (École Normale Supérieure, Lyon)
12:15 p.m. Discussion
Chair: Albert Galvany
2:30 p.m. "Human and Non-Human Destinies in the Zhuangzi"
Lisa Raphals (University of California, Riverside)
3:15 p.m. "Three Uses of Imagination in Early Chinese Literature. Ethics, Therapy, and Rhetoric in the Zhuangzi"
Romain Graziani (École Normale Supérieure, Lyon)
4:00 p.m. Discussion
Chair: Albert Galvany