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"In this e-book the writer explores intimately the basic recommendations of Daoist suggestion as represented in 3 early texts: the Laozi, the Zhuangzi, and the Liezi. Readers attracted to philosophy but unusual with Daoism will achieve a complete figuring out of those works from this research, and readers interested by old China who additionally desire to take hold of its philosophical foundations will savour the clarity Read more...

summary: "In this publication the writer explores intimately the elemental techniques of Daoist notion as represented in 3 early texts: the Laozi, the Zhuangzi, and the Liezi. Readers drawn to philosophy but unexpected with Daoism will achieve a finished realizing of those works from this research, and readers desirous about old China who additionally desire to clutch its philosophical foundations will delight in the readability and intensity of the author's reasons. He writes a quantity for all readers, whether they have a historical past in philosophy or chinese language experiences. a piece of comparative philosophy, this quantity additionally integrates the thoughts and techniques of latest philosophical discourse right into a dialogue of early chinese language notion. The ensuing discussion relates historical chinese language notion to modern philosophical matters and makes use of smooth Western principles and methods to throw new interpretive gentle on classical texts. instead of functionality as old curiosities, those works act as residing philosophies in dialog with modern proposal and event. the writer respects the multiplicity of Daoist philosophies whereas additionally revealing a particular philosophical sensibility, and he offers transparent causes of those complicated texts with out resorting to oversimplification" -- From publisher's site

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Perhaps as a result of being embedded in an ancient history and complex civilization, yet increasingly embroiled in aggression and its inevitable brutality and inhumanity, people began to reflect on the conditions of a harmonious society and what it even means to be human. Conflicting phenomena pulled thinkers in diverse directions. The cultures of the north, south, east, and west differed: some societies were complex, others were simple; customs and values varied dramatically from region to region.

I have no doubt that their combined wisdom has shaped this text in ways that I could not hope to recount. I had intended to name students individually, but over the years the number has grown so large as to make an enumeration unfeasible. I therefore hope that they will accept my apologies for this omission. CHAPTER ONE Daoist Philosophies Daoism is often explained as the philosophy of The Dao—an absolute and transcendent substance, the utterly unspeakable ground of all existence that lies beyond the world of experience.

He praises the Ruists for their emphasis on the relationships of propriety between ruler and minister, father and son, husband and wife, and elder and younger. The Yinyang thinkers, he tells us, correctly understand the importance of following the seasons, while the Mohists propose the strengthening of agriculture and economizing of expenditures. The Legalists promote the division of labor for distinct official duties and a hierarchical ordering that honors the ruler, while the Linguistic thinkers emphasize the importance of the correct adjustment of names and objects, and the tests of merit and blame.

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