Husserl’s Concept of ‘Categorial Intuition’ and its Relevance for Chinese Script Formation Faculty of Arts
Speaker: Kwan Tze-wan (Department of Philosophy)
Date: 25 April 2014 (Fri)
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: G24, Arts and Humanities Hub, Fung King Hey Building, CUHK
Language: English
Abstract: Phenomenology and Chinese script appear to be two disciplines lying as far apart as one can imagine. The lecture attempted to show that in regard to meaning constitution, these two areas can be bridged to yield interesting results. Among the many phenomenological concepts, Husserl's notion of categorial intuition and related concepts will be used to show how Chinese script can start from the most sensible script components to constitute the most diverse meaning structures including the most abstruse metaphysical concepts. To illustrate this interpretative role of categorial intuition in Chinese script formation, archaic script tokens (mainly oracle bone script and bronze script) drawn from a database now being implemented at the Chinese University of Hong Kong was shown as examples.


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