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Colors of VeracityA Quest for Truth in China and Beyond$
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Vera Schwarcz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838737

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838737.001.0001

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Gift of Utterance

Gift of Utterance

Expanding Vocabularies for Truth

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(p.17) Chapter 1 Gift of Utterance
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Colors of Veracity
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Vera Schwarcz

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838737.003.0002

Starting with Jewish writers such as Avraham Isaac Kook and Haim Nahman Bialik, this chapter explores Chinese and Hebrew expressions for truth. Each has a distinctive connotation, each adds a new dimension to the quest for veracity. Emet, in Hebrew for example, suggests a commitment to comprehensive examination of a subject, from A to Z as it were. Zhen, in Chinese, emphasizes the need to reorient the subject’s eye/I and to develop a greater capacity for sincerity. Torah commentaries as well as Chinese classical and modern etymologies are explored to recover an “ear for truth” that has been lost among us moderns.

Keywords:   Torah, Sfat Emet, subjectivity, objectivity, the eye of truth, an ear for truth

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