Frontiers of Philosophy in China

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 389–408

How is the arrival of things possible?

On things and their arrival in ancient Chinese thought
Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11466-008-0025-7

Cite this article as:
Gong, H. Front. Philos. China (2008) 3: 389. doi:10.1007/s11466-008-0025-7


Ancient Chinese thought inquired primarily into how the achievement of things is possible rather than into what a thing as a thing is. It held that man should participate in the achieving or generation of things in order to realize his self-achievement. A thing is understood as an event. Because all things and man are united as one, it is possible for man to enter into things by tasting and feeling rather than by relying on the sense of sight. This may provide a possible new means of rescuing things from the numericalization and phenomenalization that sweep over the world today.


the achieving of a thing things as events tasting feeling 


在中国传统思想世界中, 对物首要的态度不是追问“物之为物”, 而是关注如何“成物”; 强调以自身参与到物的生成中去, 成己以成物, 遂使物成为“事”, 使万物一体; 强调以“味”、 “感”的方式进入物之中, 发展出不同于“看”的通达事物之方法论。 进入事物之中而使事物退隐的可能性降低, 为克服今日世界的数字化、 表象化提供了一种“新”的可能性。


成物 以事解物 味 感 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentEast China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina

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