Time, and Again, and Forever: The Somatic Experience of Time in Daoist Philosophy and Religion

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2015-03-31

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© 2015 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands. Rather than considering time from a comparative philosophical perspective, the essay discusses the lived experience of time in the Esoteric Biography of Perfected Purple Yang, a Daoist hagiography associated with the fourth century ce Daoist movement that came to be known as the Way of Highest Clarity. This interpretation reveals three modes of time as experienced by the Daoist practitioner: singular time; repeated time; and forever time. Unlike the Biblical concept of time, ordained by God and calculated by the rotation of the stars, the hagiography points towards a Daoist experience of time that is experienced somatically through the individual's metabolism.

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Miller, James (2015). Time, and Again, and Forever: The Somatic Experience of Time in Daoist Philosophy and Religion. KronoScope, 15(1). 10.1163/15685241-12341318 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/16684.

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James Miller

Professor of Humanities at Duke Kunshan University

James Miller is the inaugural Professor of Humanities at Duke Kunshan University, Chair of the Faculty Assembly, and co-director of the DKU Humanities Research Center. Prior to his appointment at Duke Kunshan, Dr. Miller served as the director of the interdisciplinary graduate program in cultural studies, and as the director of the School of Religion, at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Miller's research is based in the study of Chinese philosophy, theology, and religion, with an emphasis on philosophy of nature, environmental ethics, and the intersection of religion and ecology in China. He is known worldwide as a scholar of Daoism, China's indigenous religion, and especially its relation to ecology. He has published seven books including, most notably, China's Green Religion: Daoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future (Columbia 2017). 

Dr. Miller serves as the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Worldviews: Global Cultures, Religion, and Ecology, published by Brill. 


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