A philosophical approach to the Daode Jing


Grant Data
Project Title
A philosophical approach to the Daode Jing
Principal Investigator
Professor Hansen, Chad   (Principal investigator)
Duration
12
Start Date
2007-07-01
Completion Date
2008-06-30
Amount
911180
Conference Title
Presentation Title
Keywords
Philosophy, interpretation, comparison, Daoism, translation
Discipline
Humanities and the Arts (Obsolete),Literature, Languages, Linguistics (Obsolete)
Sponsor
RGC General Research Fund (GRF)
HKU Project Code
HKU 743807H
Grant Type
General Research Fund (GRF)
Funding Year
2007/2008
Status
Completed
Objectives
The TST enables using the philosophical method which, using printed texts and concordances, would require prodigious memory and processing capacities and speed. The tool will consist of a database structure, a user-friendly interface and a set of powerful analytical capabilities that facilitate the generation and evaluation of alternative translation hypotheses. The resulting translation will 1) depart radically from conventional translations, 2) be consistently naturalistic and reflect the evidence-based methodology and 3) be the most uncompromisingly philosophical translation of the text to date. As such, it will have a significant impact on our conception of both Daoism and Chinese thought and on our translation practice. Use of the philosophical method will free interpretive argument from the familiar reliance on authority which is dictated by its commitment to meanings as abstract objects hovering between languages and mysteriously accessible to translators but impervious to public scrutiny and critical evaluation. The publication output will thus encourage greater rigor in interpretive argument in the Sinological community.