Teaching Cartoon: Tools Prior to Category Errors



Lu Gen of the Tang dynasty was styled
Jingshan: he was a man of Wu prefecture. In
his official career he reached the post of
inspector of Shexuan, and also was a member
of the supreme court. He first asked Nanquan,

“I’ve raised a goose in a bottle, and it
gradually grew too big to get out; now, without
damaging the bottle or injuring the goose, how
would you get it out?”

Nanquan called to him, “Sir!”

Lu Gen responded, “Yes?”

Nanquan said, “It’s out.”

Lu Gen was awakened at this.

English translation by Thomas Cleary

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