Self and Imagination in Pre-Modern China


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Essay #: 072886
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Self and Imagination in Pre-Modern China
Introduction to the Issue
The idea of the self and its links to the imagination are fundamental to the development of Chinese thought. Unlike Western ideologies which see the separation of the mind, or soul, and the body as common sense, the Chinese point of view in the pre-modern period was more holistic. The body in itself was a microcosm, but it also was deeply and intrinsically connected to the social world, and to the cosmos beyond that. There is a difference between what is known as the macrocosm, in other words, all life, space and time, and the microcosm, which represents a human being’s own path. For these reasons, the idea of self in pre-modern China is grounded in how the connections...
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.....hical and historical in nature. Would you have preferred me to focus on one area or the other, or use both of these points of view?
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