By Steve Coutinho
"In this publication the writer explores intimately the basic options of Daoist inspiration as represented in 3 early texts: the Laozi, the Zhuangzi, and the Liezi. Readers attracted to philosophy but unexpected with Daoism will achieve a accomplished figuring out of those works from this research, and readers serious about historical China who additionally desire to take hold of its philosophical foundations will get pleasure from the clarity and intensity of the author's reasons. He writes a quantity for all readers, whether they have a heritage in philosophy or chinese language experiences. a piece of comparative philosophy, this quantity additionally integrates the strategies and techniques of up to date philosophical discourse right into a dialogue of early chinese language inspiration. The ensuing discussion relates old chinese language suggestion to modern philosophical matters and makes use of smooth Western principles and methods to throw new interpretive mild on classical texts. instead of functionality as ancient curiosities, those works act as residing philosophies in dialog with modern inspiration and adventure. the writer respects the multiplicity of Daoist philosophies whereas additionally revealing a particular philosophical sensibility, and he presents transparent motives of those complicated texts with no resorting to oversimplification" -- From publisher's website. Read more...
summary: "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 drawn to philosophy but strange with Daoism will achieve a accomplished figuring out of those works from this research, and readers occupied with historic China who additionally desire to take hold of its philosophical foundations will get pleasure from the readability and intensity of the author's reasons. He writes a quantity for all readers, whether they have a heritage in philosophy or chinese language reports. a piece of comparative philosophy, this quantity additionally integrates the thoughts and strategies of latest philosophical discourse right into a dialogue of early chinese language concept. The ensuing discussion relates old chinese language suggestion to modern philosophical matters and makes use of glossy Western rules and methods to throw new interpretive mild on classical texts. instead of functionality as historic curiosities, those works act as dwelling philosophies in dialog with modern inspiration and event. the writer respects the multiplicity of Daoist philosophies whereas additionally revealing a particular philosophical sensibility, and he offers transparent reasons of those complicated texts with no resorting to oversimplification" -- From publisher's site
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The question arises whether there is anything in the Chinese tradition to which the terms might reasonably be applied, with full understanding that they are not going to be exactly like their Western namesakes. There are early Chinese texts from the pre-Qin period classified as zi (texts attributed to “masters”), sometimes belonging to jia (loose groupings into schools). These texts recommend ways of life and disciplines of psychophysical cultivation grounded in a mutually critical, reflective analysis of ethical values, political structures, human psychology, the structure of the natural world, and so on.
States were also plagued internally by internecine battles. Over the decades the entire region became increasingly volatile. E. with the founding of the Qin dynasty by the first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di. It was during the Spring and Autumn period, at the height of cultural flourishing and as interstate warfare began to accelerate, that the so-called “Hundred Schools” of philosophical thought emerged. 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.
The ordering of concepts is significant: which are taken as central and which peripheral sets the tenor of the philosophy. For the most part, I begin with what I consider to be the most general concepts, the worldviews in terms of which the overall philosophy must be understood, and then work inward, as it were, from the cosmological and ontological to the existential, epistemological, and political. My goal is to provide an interpretation of the early Daoist philosophies that respects their multiplicity and at the same time reveals their coherence as alternative developments of a distinctive philosophical sensibility.