Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothingness

Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothingness
A Book

by David Chai

  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release : 2019-01-01
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN : 1438472676
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Explores the cosmological and metaphysical thought in the Zhuangzi from the perspective of nothingness. Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothingness offers a radical rereading of the Daoist classic Zhuangzi by bringing to light the role of nothingness in grounding the cosmological and metaphysical aspects of its thought. Through a careful analysis of the text and its appended commentaries, David Chai reveals not only how nothingness physically enriches the myriad things of the world, but also why the Zhuangzi prefers nothingness over being as a means to expound the authentic way of Dao. Chai weaves together Dao, nothingness, and being in order to reassess the nature and significance of Daoist philosophy, both within its own historical milieu and for modern readers interested in applying the principles of Daoism to their own lived experiences. Chai concludes that nothingness is neither a nihilistic force nor an existential threat; instead, it is a vital component of Dao’s creative power and the life-praxis of the sage. “Chai provides an elaborate philosophical meontological interpretation of the ontology/cosmology found in the Zhuangzi and the implications for existential practice. It’s a close, careful, but in many respects quite original reading of the classic that contributes significantly to the field of philosophical Daoist studies.” — Geir Sigurðsson, author of Confucian Propriety and Ritual Learning: A Philosophical Interpretation

Dao Companion to Xuanxue 玄學 (Neo-Daoism)

Dao Companion to Xuanxue 玄學 (Neo-Daoism)
A Book

by David Chai

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2020-09-29
  • Pages : 529
  • ISBN : 3030492281
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This comprehensive volume surveys an important but neglected period of Chinese intellectual history: Xuanxue (Neo-Daoism). It provides a holistic approach to the philosophical and religious traits of this movement via the concepts of non-being, being, and oneness. Thinkers and texts on the periphery of Xuanxue are also examined to show readers that Xuanxue did not arise in a vacuum but is the result of a long and continuous evolution of ideas from pre-Qin Daoism. The 25 chapters of this work survey the major philosophical figures and arguments of Xuanxue, a movement from the Wei-Jin dynastic period (220-420 CE) of early-medieval China. It also examines texts and figures from the late-Han dynasty whose influence on Xuanxue has yet to be made explicitly clear. In order to fully capture the multifaceted nature of this movement, the contributors brilliantly highlight its more socially-oriented characteristics. Overall, this volume presents an unrivaled picture of this exciting period. It details a portrait of intellectual and cultural vitality that rivals, if not surpasses, what was achieved during the Warring States period. Readers of the Yijing, Daodejing, and Zhuangzi will feel right at home with the themes and arguments presented herein, while students and those coming to Xuanxue for the first time will acquire a wealth of knowledge.

Reading Ji Kang's Essays

Reading Ji Kang's Essays
Xuanxue in Early Medieval China

by David Chai

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2021-09-10
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1000437396
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is the first English-language book on the philosophy of Ji Kang. Moreover, it offers the first systematic treatment of his philosophy, thus filling a significant gap in English-language scholarship on early medieval Chinese literature and philosophy. David Chai brings to light Ji Kang’s Neo-Daoist heritage and explores the themes in his writings that were derived from classical Daoism, most notably the need for humanity to return to a more harmonious co-existence with Nature to further our own self-understanding. His analysis is unique in that it balances translation and annotation with expositing the creative philosophizing of Neo-Daoism. Chai analyzes the entirety of Ji Kang’s essays, exploring his philosophical reflections on music, aesthetics, ethics, self-cultivation, and fate. Reading Ji Kang/s Essays will be of interest to scholars and students of Chinese philosophy and literature. It offers the first comprehensive philosophical examination of a heretofore neglected figure in Neo-Daoism.

Reading Ji Kang's Essays

Reading Ji Kang's Essays
Xuanxue in Early-medieval China

by David Chai

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9780367353636
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is the first English-language book on the philosophy of Ji Kang. Moreover, it offers the first systematic treatment of his philosophy, thus filling a significant gap in English-language scholarship on early medieval Chinese literature and philosophy. David Chai brings to light Ji Kang's Neo-Daoist heritage and explores the themes in his writings that were derived from classical Daoism, most notably the need for humanity to return to a more harmonious co-existence with Nature to further our own self-understanding. His analysis is unique in that it balances translation and annotation with expositing the creative philosophizing of Neo-Daoism. Chai analyzes the entirety of Ji Kang's essays, exploring his philosophical reflections on music, aesthetics, ethics, self-cultivation, and fate. Reading Ji Kang/s Essays will be of interest to scholars and students of Chinese philosophy and literature. It offers the first comprehensive philosophical examination of a heretofore neglected figure in Neo-Daoism.

Daoism and Environmental Philosophy

Daoism and Environmental Philosophy
Nourishing Life

by Eric S. Nelson

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2020-10-02
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 0429678223
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Daoism and Environmental Philosophy explores ethics and the philosophy of nature in the Daodejing, the Zhuangzi, and related texts to elucidate their potential significance in our contemporary environmental crisis. This book traces early Daoist depictions of practices of embodied emptying and forgetting and communicative strategies of undoing the fixations of words, things, and the bodily self. These are aspects of an ethics of embracing plainness and simplicity, nourishing the asymmetrically differentiated yet shared elemental body of life of the myriad things, and being responsively attuned in encountering and responding to things. These critical and transformative dimensions of early Daoism provide exemplary models and insights for cultivating a more expansive ecological ethos, environmental culture of nature, and political ecology. This work will be of interest to students and scholars interested in philosophy, environmental ethics and philosophy, and religious studies, and intellectual history.

Reading Ji Kang's Essays

Reading Ji Kang's Essays
Xuanxue in Early Medieval China

by David Chai

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2021-09-09
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN : 1000437388
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is the first English-language book on the philosophy of Ji Kang. Moreover, it offers the first systematic treatment of his philosophy, thus filling a significant gap in English-language scholarship on early medieval Chinese literature and philosophy. David Chai brings to light Ji Kang’s Neo-Daoist heritage and explores the themes in his writings that were derived from classical Daoism, most notably the need for humanity to return to a more harmonious co-existence with Nature to further our own self-understanding. His analysis is unique in that it balances translation and annotation with expositing the creative philosophizing of Neo-Daoism. Chai analyzes the entirety of Ji Kang’s essays, exploring his philosophical reflections on music, aesthetics, ethics, self-cultivation, and fate. Reading Ji Kang/s Essays will be of interest to scholars and students of Chinese philosophy and literature. It offers the first comprehensive philosophical examination of a heretofore neglected figure in Neo-Daoism.

The Dao of Madness

The Dao of Madness
Mental Illness and Self-Cultivation in Early Chinese Philosophy and Medicine

by Alexus McLeod

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2021-09-28
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 0197505937
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Mental illness complicates views of agency and moral responsibility in ethics. Particularly for traditions and theories focused on self-cultivation, such as Aristotelian virtue ethics and many systems of ethics in early Chinese philosophy, mental illness offers powerful challenges. Can the mentally ill person cultivate herself and achieve a level of virtue, character, or thriving similar to the mentally healthy? Does mental illness result from failures in self-cultivation, failure in social institutions or rulership, or other features of human activity? Can a life complicated by struggles with mental illness be a good one? The Dao of Madness investigates the role of mental illness, specifically "madness" (kuang), in discussions of self-cultivation and ideal personhood in early Chinese philosophical and medical thought, and the ways in which early Chinese thinkers probed difficult questions surrounding mental health. Alexus McLeod explores three central accounts: the early "traditional" views of those, including Confucians, taking madness to be the result of character flaw; the challenge from Zhuangists celebrating madness as a freedom from standard norms connected to knowledge; and the "medicalization" of madness within the naturalistic shift of Han Dynasty thought. Understanding views on madness in the ancient world helps reveal key features of Chinese thinkers' conceptions of personhood and agency, as well as their accounts of ideal activity. Further, it exposes the motivations behind the origins of the medical tradition, and of the key links between philosophy and medicine in early Chinese thought. The early Chinese medical tradition has crucial and understudied connections to early philosophy, connections which this volume works to uncover.

Knowers and Knowledge in East-West Philosophy

Knowers and Knowledge in East-West Philosophy
Epistemology Extended

by Karyn L. Lai

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 3030793494
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Philosophical Enactment and Bodily Cultivation in Early Daoism

Philosophical Enactment and Bodily Cultivation in Early Daoism
In the Matrix of the Daodejing

by Thomas Michael

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2021-08-12
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1350236675
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In Philosophical Enactment and Bodily Cultivation in Early Daoism, Thomas Michael illuminates the formative early history of the Daodejing and the social, political, religious, and philosophical trends that indelibly marked it. This book centers on the matrix of the Daodejing that harbors a penetrating phenomenology of the Dao together with a rigorous system of bodily cultivation. It traces the historical journey of the text from its earliest oral circulations to its later transcriptions seen in a growing collection of ancient Chinese excavated manuscripts. It examines the ways in which Huang-Lao thinkers from the Han Dynasty transformed the original phenomenology of the Daodejing into a metaphysics that reconfigured its original matrix, and it explores the success of the Wei-Jin Daoist Ge Hong in bringing the matrix back into its original alignment. This book is an important contribution to cross-cultural studies, bringing contemporary Chinese scholarship on Daoism into direct conversation with Western scholarship on Daoism. The book also concludes with a discussion of Martin Heidegger's recognition of the position and value of the Daodejing for the future of comparative philosophy.

Essays on Skepticism, Relativism, and Ethics in the Zhuangzi

Essays on Skepticism, Relativism, and Ethics in the Zhuangzi
The Control of Meaning in an Institutional Setting

by Paul Kjellberg,P. J. Ivanhoe,Chair Professor of East Asian and Comparative Philosophy and Religion and Director of the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (Ceacop) Philip J Ivanhoe

  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release : 1996-01-01
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9780791428917
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Chinese philosophical text Zhuangzi was written by Zhuangzi in the fourth century BCE. With humor and relentless logic Zhuangzi attacks claims to knowledge about the world, especially evaluative knowledge of what is good and bad or right and wrong. This book is about the man and the text.

In Defense of Informal Logic

In Defense of Informal Logic
A Book

by D.S. Levi

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2000
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9780792361480
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Against the Logicians" is what the author calls his eclectic collection of 15 essays spanning the last 15 years. In topics ranging from affirmative action and capital punishment to the existence of Santa Claus and material taken from "Dear Abby" columns, he breaks free from logician's traditional premises and his earlier belief that proficiency in formal or symbolic logic is what separates real philosophers from sophomores. While trying not to alienate the very audience he seeks to address, Levi (U. of Oregon, Eugene) defends informal logic by critiquing the occupational hazards of critical thinking, argumentation, paradoxes, and "the unbearable vagueness of being."Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

In Praise of Nothing

In Praise of Nothing
An Exploration of Daoist Fundamental Ontology

by Ellen M. Chen

  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release : 2010-12-22
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN : 9781456826116
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is the fi rst work devoted to an expositi on on Daoist metaphysics and presenti ng Dao as a feminine principle. The work should be of interest to scholars and general readers in many disciplines: Comparati ve philosophy, religious studies, metaphysics, Asian studies, Chinese studies... etc.

Dao Companion to Daoist Philosophy

Dao Companion to Daoist Philosophy
A Book

by Xiaogan Liu

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2014-10-27
  • Pages : 569
  • ISBN : 9048129273
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is the first comprehensive companion to the study of Daoism as a philosophical tradition. It provides a general overview of Daoist philosophy in various thinkers and texts from 6th century BCE to 5th century CE and reflects the latest academic developments in the field. It discusses theoretical and philosophical issues based on rigorous textual and historical investigations and examinations, reflecting both the ancient scholarship and modern approaches and methodologies. The themes include debates on the origin of the Daoism, the authorship and dating of the Laozi, the authorship and classification of chapters in the Zhuangzi, the themes and philosophical arguments in the Laozi and Zhuangzi, their transformations and developments in Pre-Qin, Han, and Wei-Jin periods, by Huang-Lao school, Heguanzi, Wenzi, Huainanzi, Wang Bi, Guo Xiang, and Worthies in bamboo grove, among others. Each chapter is written by expert(s) and specialist(s) on the topic discussed.

The History of Thoughts in the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period

The History of Thoughts in the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period
A Book

by Li Shi

  • Publisher : DeepLogic
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The book is the volume of “The History of Thoughts in the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period” among a series of books of “Deep into China Histories”. The earliest known written records of the history of China date from as early as 1250 BC, from the Shang dynasty (c. 1600–1046 BC) and the Bamboo Annals (296 BC) describe a Xia dynasty (c. 2070–1600 BC) before the Shang, but no writing is known from the period The Shang ruled in the Yellow River valley, which is commonly held to be the cradle of Chinese civilization. However, Neolithic civilizations originated at various cultural centers along both the Yellow River and Yangtze River. These Yellow River and Yangtze civilizations arose millennia before the Shang. With thousands of years of continuous history, China is one of the world's oldest civilizations, and is regarded as one of the cradles of civilization.The Zhou dynasty (1046–256 BC) supplanted the Shang and introduced the concept of the Mandate of Heaven to justify their rule. The central Zhou government began to weaken due to external and internal pressures in the 8th century BC, and the country eventually splintered into smaller states during the Spring and Autumn period. These states became independent and warred with one another in the following Warring States period. Much of traditional Chinese culture, literature and philosophy first developed during those troubled times.In 221 BC Qin Shi Huang conquered the various warring states and created for himself the title of Huangdi or "emperor" of the Qin, marking the beginning of imperial China. However, the oppressive government fell soon after his death, and was supplanted by the longer-lived Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). Successive dynasties developed bureaucratic systems that enabled the emperor to control vast territories directly. In the 21 centuries from 206 BC until AD 1912, routine administrative tasks were handled by a special elite of scholar-officials. Young men, well-versed in calligraphy, history, literature, and philosophy, were carefully selected through difficult government examinations. China's last dynasty was the Qing (1644–1912), which was replaced by the Republic of China in 1912, and in the mainland by the People's Republic of China in 1949.Chinese history has alternated between periods of political unity and peace, and periods of war and failed statehood – the most recent being the Chinese Civil War (1927–1949). China was occasionally dominated by steppe peoples, most of whom were eventually assimilated into the Han Chinese culture and population. Between eras of multiple kingdoms and warlordism, Chinese dynasties have ruled parts or all of China; in some eras control stretched as far as Xinjiang and Tibet, as at present. Traditional culture, and influences from other parts of Asia and the Western world (carried by waves of immigration, cultural assimilation, expansion, and foreign contact), form the basis of the modern culture of China.

Zhuangzi (Longman Library of Primary Sources in Philosophy)

Zhuangzi (Longman Library of Primary Sources in Philosophy)
A Book

by Chuang Tzu

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2016-09-16
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 1315507358
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Part of the “Longman Library of Primary Sources in Philosophy,” this translation/edition of Chuang Tzu's works is framed by a pedagogical structure designed to make this important work of philosophy more accessible and productive for undergraduates.

Mencius on Becoming Human

Mencius on Becoming Human
Franz Rosenzweig's The Star of Redemption

by James Behuniak Jr.,Jim Behuniak

  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release : 2005-01-01
  • Pages : 186
  • ISBN : 9780791462294
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A new interpretation of the Confucian classic, the Mencius, based on both traditional sources and newly discovered documents.

Bulletin

Bulletin
A Book

by Östasiatiska museet

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2000
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An Introduction to Daoist Philosophies

An Introduction to Daoist Philosophies
A Book

by Steve Coutinho

  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release : 2013-11-19
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN : 0231512880
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Steve Coutinho explores in detail the fundamental concepts of Daoist thought as represented in three early texts: the Laozi, the Zhuangzi, and the Liezi. Readers interested in philosophy yet unfamiliar with Daoism will gain a comprehensive understanding of these works from this analysis, and readers fascinated by ancient China who also wish to grasp its philosophical foundations will appreciate the clarity and depth of Coutinho's explanations. Coutinho writes a volume for all readers, whether or not they have a background in philosophy or Chinese studies. A work of comparative philosophy, this volume also integrates the concepts and methods of contemporary philosophical discourse into a discussion of early Chinese thought. The resulting dialogue relates ancient Chinese thought to contemporary philosophical issues and uses modern Western ideas and approaches to throw new interpretive light on classical texts. Rather than function as historical curiosities, these works act as living philosophies in conversation with contemporary thought and experience. Coutinho respects the multiplicity of Daoist philosophies while also revealing a distinctive philosophical sensibility, and he provides clear explanations of these complex texts without resorting to oversimplification.

Liberation as Affirmation

Liberation as Affirmation
The Religiosity of Zhuangzi and Nietzsche

by Ge Ling Shang

  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release : 2012-02-01
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN : 0791482243
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Uses the concept of religiosity to challenge traditional views of Nietzsche and Zhuangzi as nihilistic and anti-religious.

Pursuing Zhuangzi as Rhymester

Pursuing Zhuangzi as Rhymester
A Snark-hunt in Eight Fits

by David R. Mc Craw

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1995
  • Pages : 38
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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