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  1. The Butterfly Transformation and the Anamorphosis: A Posthumanist Reading of Gaze in Zhuang Zi and Jacques Lacan.Quan Wang - 2021 - Asian Philosophy 31 (3):305-319.
    Zhuang Zi has a seminal influence on Jacques Lacan. Seeing enables an observer to penetrate into the nature of the examined thing so that he will have a potential mastery over the observed object....
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  • Pleasure Principle and Perfect Happiness: Morality in Jacques Lacan and Zhuangzi.Quan Wang - 2018 - Asian Philosophy 28 (3):259-276.
    ABSTRACTJacques Lacan studied Chinese classics and received much inspiration from Zhuangzi. This paper concentrates on the comparative study of morality in those two thinkers from three connecting levels, namely, nature as the source of ethical codes, reason as the means to arrive at the ethical state, and pleasure as the ultimate purpose of morality. The investigation into the topic is enlightening for posthuman morality. Zhuangzi’s idea of the poetics of oneness inspires the Lacanian concept of the Real and ushers us (...)
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  • A Posthumanist Reading of Loss in Zhuangzi and Jacques Lacan: The Missing Tally and the Lack.Quan Wang - 2019 - Asian Philosophy 29 (4):363-376.
    This article argues for a posthumanist reading of loss in Zhuangzi and Jacques Lacan. Language separates human beings from the primordial oneness and channels them into the procrustean bed of cultu...
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  • A Posthumanist Reading of Knowledge in Zhuangzi and Jacques Lacan.Quan Wang - 2019 - Asian Philosophy 29 (1):65-78.
    ABSTRACTThis article proposes a posthumanist reading of knowledge in Zhuangzi and Jacques Lacan from four interconnected aspects. First, knowledge is inseparable from practice, as is exemplified in Lacan’s original rewriting of Zhuangzi’s ‘agreement between name and actuality’ as the dialectic relationship between Other and other. Then, knowledge leads us to explore the mysterious knowledge behind the surface, which resists linguistic expression and defies human agency. Furthermore, the importance of the mysterious knowledge compels us to figure out the accesses to reach (...)
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