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Zero and metaphysics: Thoughts about being and nothingness from mathematics, Buddhism, Daoism to phenomenology
Liangkang NI and Chen Zhengzhi
Frontiers of Philosophy in China
Vol. 2, No. 4 (October 2007), pp. 547-556
Published by: Brill
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27823314
Page Count: 10
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With the help of the natural history of "zero," and the use of "zero" as a starting point, one may consider two types of metaphysics. On the one hand, the epistemological metaphysics, based on the perceptual/rational dichotomy, is related to the zero as a vacancy between numbers. On the other hand, the genetic metaphysics, based on the dichotomy of source-evolution (or origin and derivate), has much to do with the zero as a number between negative and positive numbers. In this respect, zero represents the horizon of metaphysics: we can forever approach it, but we cannot ultimately arrive at it. Though serving as the point of convergence and divergence for all relationships, zero has no definable content of its own. Such is the essence of zero, and of metaphysics as well. 𠔑𡅡𠄐 "" 𰍀𰌳𨦂𡑗𣢄𡒐, 𤆂𠆗 "" 𠌖𠀦𠦙𠠷𨡗, 𡒇𠆗𤘅𠀄𱆁𤠥𠁁 𰍀𣎘: 𱆁𦅙𢔢𠄐𤡣𠈔 𩜂𠈔𠀄𠦘𠁃𢔢𰞄𰍀𣎘, 𣐧 𠌖𠀦𥥨𣎃𠌁𰍀𦕵𠡑; 𣐥𱆁𦅙𢔢𠄐𦐈𡐇 𩦃𠀄𠦘𠁃𢔢𰞄𰍀𡑗𩦃𧠔𤐘 𣎘,𣐧𢌒𤆒𥥨𠁃𰍀𰑖𠡑. 𣘁𧒒, 𠆕𠄂𤐘𣎘𰍀𢑸: 𥄅𠈄 𡒇𠆗𦂀, 𡍤𧜄𦂀𧡡𡁀𣐧. 𦅙𢌱𦍷𠡑𰍀𡔒𨡗, 𠁣𦅙𦀱𦍷𠡑𰍀𡑗 𠦆𨡗, 𠊔𣐧𦐈𡍤𠡕𦍷𠈙𠌉𡒇𣑐𰍀𠡩𣒁. 𦅙𰍀𦐈, 𠁣𦅙𥅒𦍷𤐘𣎘 𰍀𦐈.
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