The Relatively Happy Fish
Posted on 22. Feb, 2009 by James Miller
|Title||The Relatively Happy Fish|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2003|
|Keywords||Nature -- Religious aspects -- Taoism|
The writer discusses Zhuangzi and Hui Shi's exchange about whether Zhuangzi knows "fish's happiness." He notes that this exchange is generally read as humorous miscommunication between a mystic and a logician. He makes the case for a fine inferential analysis that explains the argument in a way that informs Zhuangzi's philosophical lament at Hui Shi's passing. This approach, he maintains, also reverses the dominant image of the two thinkers.