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A New Interpretation of Laozi's Thought of ＂Wu-Ming＂
|關鍵字:||老子;道;無名;無為;命名;Laozi;Dao;Wu-Ming;Wu-Wei;Naming||Project:||興大人文學報, Issue 60, Page(s) 1-33||摘要:||
Based on the approach of ＂naming＂, historically taken by both ancient and contemporary scholars, Laozi's describing Dao as ＂wu-ming＂（無名） has been understood, almost without exception, as asserting that Dao is nameless, or that it is difficult to give Dao a name. It is also a common view that as all characters of Laozi's Dao are seen as equivalent to what an ideal ruler is capable of, the concept of ＂wu-ming＂ at the same time refers to a certain method that is available in governing a society. But, as will be argued, to view ＂wu-ming＂ as being without a name needs not exclude other alternatives, though such an approach is undoubtedly reasonable as well as textually rigid. To provide a new interpretation in order to avoid difficulties caused by the naming approach, this article aims to situate the concept of ＂wu-ming＂ in the context of the thought of ＂wu-wei＂ （無為）, which is often translated literally as ＂action without acting＂, and to justify that what the term ＂wu-ming＂ refers to can be consistently understood as being undesirable to seek an honor and fame.
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