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By Eske Møllgaard

ISBN-10: 0203944828

ISBN-13: 9780203944820

ISBN-10: 041542383X

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This is often the 1st paintings to be had in English which addresses Zhuangzi’s concept as an entire. It provides an interpretation of the Zhuangzi, a e-book in thirty-three chapters that's the most crucial choice of Daoist texts in early China. the writer introduces a posh examining that exhibits the harmony of Zhuangzi’s inspiration, particularly in his perspectives of motion, language, and ethics. through addressing methodological questions that come up in interpreting Zhuangzi, a hermeneutics is constructed which makes realizing Zhuangzi’s spiritual notion attainable. A theoretical contribution to comparative philosophy and the cross-cultural learn of non secular traditions, the booklet serves as an creation to Daoism for graduate scholars in faith, philosophy, and East Asian experiences.

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Because human life is a miserable delusion, Zhuangzi’s sage does not identify with the states and activities that define human life. The sage, says Zhuangzi, sees “knowledge as a curse, social bonds as glue, virtue as making connections, and skill as peddling. The sage does not scheme, so what use does he have for knowledge. He does not split things up, so what use does he have for glue. He is deprived of nothing, so what use does he have for making connections? He has nothing to sell, so what use has he for peddling” (5/52–3).

Furthermore, since human action is exposed to contingencies, fortune, and luck, practical deliberation can never rely on an inevitable unfolding of events. Clearly, the Chinese notion of efficacious action, as described by Jullien, is profoundly un-Aristotelian. 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.

6). 41). In refusing to live with the contradictions inherent in the earlier Confucian world-view, Xunzi admits that Confucian ritual and moral action essentially is a technical drive towards completion. Zhuangzi had already seen that and criticized the Confucians for being out of touch with ceaseless self-emerging life. Xunzi, for his part, thought that to be of no consequence. Totalitarianism and strategic thinking From Confucius to Xunzi the Confucians increasingly emphasize the technical side of human action and the completion (cheng) imposed on life (sheng) by man (ren).

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