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Document Type(s):Book
Book Title:The Way of Water and Sprouts of Virtue
Author(s):Allan, Sarah
Publisher Name:State University of New York Press
Place of Publication:Albany, N.Y.
Date of Publication:1997
Annotation:Examining the use of language and analogy for metaphorical purposes and argument, Allan examines a number of fifth to late third-century texts such as the Analects, Mencius, Laozi Daodejing, and Zhuangzi. She utilizes examples of water imagery that signify larger cosmic principles in the natural world and plant imagery as metaphors for specific living things. Remarking on the complentariness of Confucianism and Daoism, she also suggests that early Chinese thinkers grounded their principles and metaphors in the real world rather than in various religious mythologies.
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