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Beyond the Troubled Water of Shifei: From Disputation to Walking-Two-Roads in the Zhuangzi

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2020.05.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lin Ma and Jaap van Brakel, Beyond the Troubled Water of Shifei: From Disputation to Walking-Two-Roads in the Zhuangzi, SUNY Press, 2019, 283pp., $32.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781438474823. Reviewed by Ricki Bliss, Lehigh University Interpretation is always underdetermined and indeterminate. It is underdetermined by the data and it is indeterminate because meaning doesn't allow it to be any other way. Interpretation is by no means a hopeless enterprise, however. Necessary conditions on the activity of interpretation are: (i) the assumption, on the part of the interpreter, of the family resemblance of forms of life; (ii) the assumption that all general concepts and conceptual schemes in all languages are family resemblance concepts; and (iii) a principle of mutual attunement. A commitment to all general concepts and conceptual schemes as family resemblance concepts (and schemes) suggests a denial of the ideal language assumption -- that there is an ideal language of thought into which all human languages... Read More

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