An Introduction to Daoist Thought: Action, Language, and by Eske Møllgaard

By Eske Møllgaard

This is often the 1st paintings to be had in English which addresses Zhuangzi’s suggestion as a complete. It provides an interpretation of the Zhuangzi, a publication in thirty-three chapters that's the most vital selection of Daoist texts in early China. the writer introduces a fancy analyzing that exhibits the cohesion of Zhuangzi’s inspiration, particularly in his perspectives of motion, language, and ethics. by way of addressing methodological questions that come up in examining Zhuangzi, a hermeneutics is constructed which makes figuring out Zhuangzi’s spiritual concept attainable. A theoretical contribution to comparative philosophy and the cross-cultural learn of non secular traditions, the e-book serves as an creation to Daoism for graduate scholars in faith, philosophy, and East Asian experiences.

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The Chinese sage is not concerned with things that could be otherwise but with detecting and conforming to the inevitable movement of the real. Therefore in his strategic manipulations of the potential of the situation the Chinese sage has no need for the kind of practical deliberation outlined by Aristotle.

As we see, desires (yu) occupy a pivotal position in the scheme, and in fact a whole discourse on desire developed in early China. The character xing (nature) is formed by adding the “heart” radical to the character for “life,” and it indicates that human nature is at once part of spontaneously self-emerging life and a conscious moment, a heart-and-mind (xin), in this ceaseless stream. This heart-and-mind has to exercise conscious exertion in order to stabilize and secure its position in the swift and dangerous flow of things and events.

It is not that I do not know [about mechanical contraptions], it is out of a sense of shame that I do not act that way. (12/55–7) According to the gardener the use of technology has far-reaching consequences. First, the use of mechanical contraptions will cause human beings to have a mechanical mind ( jixin ). Second, when the mind becomes crafty and mechanical, it will impair the pure and simple ground of human existence. Third, once this ground is impaired, then the spiritual life-force becomes unsettled, and human beings will no longer be supported by the Way.

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