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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

ISSN 1673-3436

ISSN 1673-355X(Online)

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Front. Philos. China    2007, Vol. 2 Issue (3) : 336-344     DOI: 10.1007/s11466-007-0021-3
The mind as the essence of words: A linguistic philosophical analysis of the classifi cation teaching of Yongming Yanshou
WU Zhongwei
School of Philosophy, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China; Department of Philosophy, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006, China
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Abstract  Along with the Chan s linguistic turn , the significance of sutras, which were despised and even regarded as the obstacle to complete enlightenment, became accepted by the Chan. Due to Yanshou s contributions, the principle that emphasized the diversity of teaching in terms of the relationship between meaning and expression in the Sui and Tang Dynasties has been changed into a system which stressed the importance of the root/branches relationship of the mind and words. According to Yanshou, the conflict between the Chan and doctrinal teachings is resolved by highlighting the significance of words. Yanshou s work greatly inspired the Chan s interest in words in the Song Dynasty.
Issue Date: 05 September 2007
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