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Additional Comments to Passage 6:23 in the Zhuangzi



"Genuine Human" should be understood as a deliberate paradox, a merging of two opposed terms.   Normally what is human is not genuine (i.e., the Heavenly), what is genuine is not human.  Here we have these opposites merged into one.   The same goes for the term "Genuine knowledge": normally knowledge, knowing consciousness, discernment, is by definition perspectival, and hence not genuine.   This kind of knowing, however, is also genuine.   Not genuine rather than false and perspectival, but genuine in spite of being false and perspectival—even because of it.

 



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