East Asian semiotics: Graphic interpretations of body, mind and the universe

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Abstract

In East Asia, there has been a long tradition of using graphs and diagrams to express abstract ideas. This paper is to give an account of the East Asian methods for representing body, mind and the universe. The fundamental ideas of East Asian graphic interpretation mostly originated from the Yijing (I Ching, Zhouyi), and were later developed by Confucian and Daoist thinkers to describe the universe, the mind, and the body as an organic totality. By comparing different approaches to portraying the universe, this paper offers a critical analysis of East Asian semiotics. Copyright © 2007 Philosophy Documentation Center. All Rights Reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-37
JournalAmerican Journal of Semiotics
Volume23
Issue number1/4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Cheng, D. C. H. (2007). East Asian semiotics: Graphic interpretations of body, mind and the universe. The American Journal of Semiotics, 23(1/4), 19-37. doi: 10.5840/ajs2007231/43