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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2021, Vol. 44 ›› Issue (1): 19-25.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2021.01.004

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“Heaven, earth and human” experiential philosophy in yin and yang theory of traditional Chinese medicine*

Liu Ning, Jia Chunhua#   

  1. Beijing University of Chinese Medicine,Beijing 100029,China
  • Received:2020-07-15 Online:2021-01-30 Published:2021-01-18
  • Contact: Prof.Jia Chunhua,Chief Physician,Doctoral Supervisor.School of Traditional Chinese Medicine,Beijing University of Chinese Medicine,No.11 Beisanhuan Donglu Road,Chaoyang District,Beijing 100029.E-mail:jiachunhua125@163.com.
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(No.81874514)

Abstract: As the second-generation watershed of cognitive science,experiential philosophy emphasizes the embodied mind,unconscious cognition and metaphorical thinking.The embodied cognition of yin-yang theory in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is about astronomy,geography and people,which are mentioned in Su Wen (Plain Questions) called “heaven,earth and human” cognitive metaphor pattern for the development of medicine.According to this pattern,based on the deconstruction of yin-yang theory,the metaphors of sun and moon,four seasons,water and fire,mountains,men and women,guardians,doors and containers were the most basic metaphors of the connotation of yin-yang theory.It shows that the formation of yin-yang theory is the product of metaphorical cognition of “heaven,earth and human”.Based on this pattern,the same content of yin-yang theory could be derived from different embodied experiences.The contradiction of some contents in yin-yang theory may be caused by different types of metaphor.Taken as a root,yin and yang may be derived from the transmission of the original metaphor.

Key words: experiential philosophy, metaphor, traditional Chinese medicine, yin and yang

CLC Number: 

  • R226