How to Interpret Chinese Classics by Means of Habitual Domains: A Case Study on Sun-Tzu’s The Art of War
Core bases, actual domains, reachable domains and potential domains, chained in cycling development, comprise the core concepts of habitual domains (HD). In fact, they set up also an intangible track and permanent law by which universal matters and objects happen to work and develop. If we can catch hold of their distinguished contents and learn about their interactive relationships, we will be enlightened to understand all events and things under the sun. Therefore, these four elements together are indeed the gems of habitual domains theory. This paper aims to extend my former article published in Journal of Habitual Domains (Vol. 8, No. 2), titled “Analyzing the core theory of habitual domains in depth and practice,” so as to interpret Chinese classics and verify the realistic value provided from HD theory. Hopefully, this case study can raise the motivation of our co-learners to facilitate and extend habitual domain’s applications. Our Chinese culture runs quite deep and far. Prior to the advent of pen and paper, our forefathers were using bamboo planks on which words were inscribed in order to keep records and passed them down to coming generations. Our ancient sages would refine their life-long wisdom into the most succinct phrases, with fewer words but deeper meanings; such as, Loa-Tzu’s The Book of Ethics, Sun-Tzu’s The Art of War. The words used in either classic number fewer than 6,000, though their thoughts are admirably profound and comprehensive. Nowadays, although we have tried to paraphrase classic words with hundreds of thousand plain words, our modern meanings are still far away from their original ones. The crux of the problem resides in the fact that we modern people can grasp those classic words to such an extent that we only understand their meanings inherent in “core bases” and descriptions revealed from “actual domains”; but we are ignorant of those core bases hidden meanings innate in reachable domains and potential domains. As a result, we sometimes have more difficulties attaining complete explanations for those classics. This paper studies and regards HD theory as one of the modernized classics. I manage to interpret The Art of War by means of so-called “modern classic discloses ancient classic”. From this issue, I am targeting at its very first and the most essential chapter − “To win war on blueprint” as a case study in which I try to interpret this chapter via structural explanations produced by HD theory. With its profound meanings thoroughly explained and analyzed, I wish the HD interpretation on The Art of War can help our co-learners apply the same method to other academic disciplines.
|關鍵詞||孫子兵法、習慣領域、智慧、經典、The Art of War、habitual domains、wisdom、Chinese classics|