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One and ManyA Comparative Study of Plato's Philosophy and Daoism Represented by Ge Hong$
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Ji Zhang

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835545

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835545.001.0001

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Ge Hong’s Doctrine of Xuan Dao

Ge Hong’s Doctrine of Xuan Dao

(p.1) Chapter 1 Ge Hong’s Doctrine of Xuan Dao
One and Many

Ji Zhang

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks at Ge Hong's doctrine of Xuan Dao in his book Baopuzi, stating that Daoist texts bear similarity to alchemical cycles of transformation to refine essential meanings beneath the surface of textual layers. The chapter classifies Ge Hong's argument into four sections. It begins with the claim that the one and the many is a genealogical unfolding of life from an ancestor to many progeny, followed by the rhapsody of Xuan, which is situated in an astronomical background. The third section on universal Qi argues Daoist cosmogony by explaining that the world containing the myriad things derives from the pregnancy of cosmic life in primordiality. The text finishes with the conclusion that Xuan is the most fundamental reality of all existences.

Keywords:   Xuan Dao, Ge Hong, Baopuzi, Daoism, universal Qi, Daoist cosmogony, primordiality

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