Playing in the Non-representational Mode of Thinking: A Comparison of Derrida, Dōgen, and Zhuangzi

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2020-01-03
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Olson, Carl
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play , representational thinking , language , Daoism , Zen , Postmodernism
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The representational mode of thinking assumes a correspondence between appearance and reality that is supported by a metaphysical edifice. This way of thinking uses the metaphor of the mirror, which suggests a reflected image of consciousness and confusion between the representation and original consciousness. Jacque Derrida, a leading postmodern philosopher, wants to overcome the mode of representational thinking and extricate himself from it by attempting to think and emphasize differences. Like Derrida, the Daoist sage Zhuangzi and the Japanese Zen master Dōgen also seek to avoid representational thinking; however, these Eastern philosophers accomplish this in a very different way. This paper will compare their differences with respect to overcoming the representational mode of thinking.
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Carl Olson (2020) Playing in the Non-representational Mode of Thinking: A Comparison of Derrida, Dōgen, and Zhuangzi, Comparative and Continental Philosophy, DOI: 10.1080/17570638.2020.1709684
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