LINGUISTIC STRATEGIES INDAOIST ZHUANGZI ANDCHAN BUDDHISM
As the ﬁrst systematic attempt to probe the linguistic strategies of Daoist Zhuangzi and Chan Buddhism, this book investigates threeareas: deconstructive strategy, liminology of language, and indirectcommunication. It bases these investigations on the critical examin-ation of original texts, placing them strictly within soteriologicalcontexts.While focusing on language use, the study also reveals some import-ant truths about the two traditions, and challenges many conven-tional understandings of them. Responding to recent critiques of Daoist and Chan Buddhist thought, it brings these traditions intoa constructive dialogue with contemporary philosophical reﬂection.It “discovers” Zhuangzian and Chan perspectives and sheds lighton issues such as the relationship between philosophy and non-philosophy, de-reiﬁcation of words, relativizing of the limit of language, structure of indirect communication, and use of doublenegation, paradox, tautology, irony, and poetic language.
teaches Asian thought in the Philosophy and ReligionDepartment at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey. His areaof speciality is Chinese Buddhist thought and early Daoist thought.His articles have appeared in journals such as
International Philosophical Quarterly
Philosophy East and West
Journal of Chinese Philosophy