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JOURNAL OF BEIJIGN UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINE ›› 2018, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (9): 717-725.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2018.09.003

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Objectization of conceptual and state of affairs of spatiotemporal sequence by qi’s reference in traditional Chinese medicine*

Yan Mingyang1, Wang Yunting2#   

  1. 1 Graduate School, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China;
    2 Department of Orthopedics, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Beijing 100029, China
  • Received:2018-03-22 Online:2018-09-30 Published:2018-09-30
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81173343)

Abstract: As the initial word of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and traditional philosophy, qi is a core term in TCM practice. To provide a perspective and point of view for the establishment of modernized discourse system of TCM theory, the conceptual connotation of qi cognition is explored. Through phenomenological reduction and analytic philosophical wordings, the intentionality analysis on the cognitive content and experience process of qi, and the situational analysis on the meaning, form and objects of qi’s word reference are conducted, respectively, and other methods under the guidance of dialectical materialism are applied. The cognitive mode of qi-image-fact-truth corresponding to word-meaning-referent is expounded in traditional thinking after systematic analysis. The grasp of state of affairs of spatiotemporal sequence (SASTS) by qi manifests as organizational forms of phenomenon flow and spatial experiential flow, and thus forms object targets, such as basic state of affairs (BSA) and complex state of affairs (CSA). The form of spatiotemporal sequence of CSA is considered to be the entity that exists as the essence of qi understanding, and comes into being the referent of words. Thus, the conceptual reference of qi, with SASTS as connotation, makes that the terms related to qi present a hierarchical epitaxial system under the same perspective, and provide a new way for the theoretical research of TCM.

Key words: objectization, conceptualization, qi, state of affairs, spatiotemporal sequences, experiential flow, referent

CLC Number: 

  • R2-05