A Symbolic Way of Thinking Through Fables

  • Keping WangEmail author


The Chinese mode of thinking is inclined to perform through emblematic symbols or suggestive images. Among all the Chinese thinkers in history, Zhuangzi, an early Daoist, prefers to using fables to explicate his ideas in a symbolic way. His writing style is metaphorically engaging and suggestive but shrouded in considerable ambiguity. Hence, it often leads to a variety of interpretations. No matter what semantic variances people may encounter when reading Zhuangzi’s works, they are able to get hold of the primary message provided they explore along the right path. This path winds through all his writings chiefly preoccupied with spiritual freedom and independent personality. The freedom as such is assumed to facilitate human fulfillment that is perceived as the ultimate telos for life.

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© Foreign Language Teaching and Research Publishing Co., Ltd. 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina

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