Incongruent Names: A Theme in the History of Chinese Philosophy

@article{DAmbrosio2018IncongruentNA,
  title={Incongruent Names: A Theme in the History of Chinese Philosophy},
  author={Paul J. D’Ambrosio and Hans-Rudolf Kantor and Hans-Georg Moeller},
  journal={Dao},
  year={2018},
  volume={17},
  pages={305-330}
}
This essay is meant to shed light on a discourse that spans centuries and includes different voices. To be aware of such trans-textual resonances can add a level of historical understanding to the reading of philosophical texts. Specifically, we intend to demonstrate how the notion of the ineffable Dao 道, prominently expressed in the Daodejing 道德經, informs a long discourse on incongruent names (ming 名) in distinction to a mainstream paradigm that demands congruity between names and what they… 

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