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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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Zero and metaphysics: Thoughts about being and nothingness from mathematics, Buddhism, Daoism to phenomenology
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Abstract

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, 𡒇𠆗𤘅𲝱𠀄𱆁𤠥𠁁𙥸 𰍀𳆒𲞀𙥸𣎘𸎂𹁤: 𙥨𱆁𦅙𢔢𠄐𤡣𠈔 𩜂𠈔𠀄𠦘𠁃𢔢𰞄𙥸𰍀𵝈𵞂𵝰𳆒𵝔𙥸𣎘, 𣐧𙦂 𠌖𠀦𥥨𣎃𸎈𱍔𠌁𰍀𸙆𦕵𠡑; 𣐥𙥨𱆁𦅙𢔢𠄐𦐈𡐇 𩦃𴢓𠀄𠦘𠁃𢔢𰞄𙥸𰍀𡑗𩦃𧠔𤐘𲞀 𙥸𣎘,𣐧𙦂𢌒𤆒𶄧𥥨𠁃𸎈𰍀𸙆𰑖𠡑. 𣘁𧒒𲞀𵝰, 𸙆𠆕𴤠𠄂𤐘𲞀𙥸𣎘𰍀𹁆𢑸: 𥄅𠈄 𡒇𠆗𦂀𸒀𸝒𶠗, 𡍤𧜄𶠗𦂀𧡡𶞘𡁀𣐧. 𸙆𦅙𢌱𦍷𠡑𱦕𰍀𲡘𡔒𨡗, 𠁣𦅙𦀱𦍷𠡑𱦕𰍀𡑗 𠦆𨡗, 𠊔𣐧𦐈𶔣𡍤𙦁𠡕𦍷𠈙𠌉𡒇𴙶𣑐𰍀𠡩𣒁. 𶠥𦅙𸙆𰍀𦐈𶄶, 𠁣𦅙𥅒𦍷𤐘𲞀𙥸𣎘 𰍀𦐈𶄶.

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