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PARALLELS OF THE 'YIN-YANG' CONCEPT IN EUROPEAN CULTURE (The Western Reception of the Ancient Chinese Symbolism)

This paper explores some Western receptions of the Chinese concepts yin yang and their philosophical reflection as primordial symbolic system. The assumption of the underlying homology in the Universe as a whole suggests that there are related orders of events, analyzed in the so called correlative thinking in Early China. The holistic view draws systematic correspondences between various levels of reality, e.g. the human, the world of nature and the cosmic unity. According to the theorists of quantum mechanics Heisenberg and Bohr there can be found striking analogies between Ancient Daoist thought and the principle of complementarity, concerning fundamental subatomic relatedness. C.G. Jung calls the Daoist approach the synchronistic way Yijing (the cosmological Book of Changes) involves the study and classification of events wherein meaningful interdependence transcends space, time and causality as a determining factor. Very close to the model of The Great Ultimate, representative for the yin - yang relationship, virtual particles in atomic physics correspond with one another in some basic aspect, even in some cases their identities are contained one within the other.
Key words: Eastern philosophy, modern science, synchrony, yin, yang, Dao, taiji

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