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Spirit, Qi, and the MultitudeA Comparative Theology for the Democracy of Creation$
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Hyo-Dong Lee

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255016

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255016.001.0001

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The Chaosmos and the Great Ultimate

The Chaosmos and the Great Ultimate

A Neo-Confucian Trinity in Conversation with Deleuze and Keller

(p.174) 7 The Chaosmos and the Great Ultimate
Spirit, Qi, and the Multitude

Hyo-Dong Lee

Fordham University Press

This chapter puts Nongmun’s fundamentally affective construal of the ontologically creative power of the Great Ultimate with Deleuze’s notion of chaosmos and the “trinity” of complicatio-explicatio-implicatio which undergirds that notion. At the core of the chaosmotic trinitarian structure lies the power of connection that directly relates differences to one another without any conceptual mediation. This power to put differences in unmediated and creative relation to one another is like the affective power of mutual attraction that exists among the primordial “many” within the Great Ultimate and forms a chaotic unity that gives birth to the orderly, patterned cosmos of the ten thousand things. On the basis of the Deleuzian inflection given to the Nongmunian Great Ultimate, and with a hint from Catherine Keller’s tehomic trinity of Tehom, Elohim, and Ruach, this chapter develops a notion of the Great Ultimate as the “trinity” of Change (yi), Way (dao), and Spirit (shen).

Keywords:   Deleuze, chaosmos, Nongmun, psychophysical energy, Neo-Confucian trinity, Change, Way, Spirit, Keller, tehom

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