By Steve Coutinho
"In this publication the writer explores intimately the basic recommendations of Daoist concept 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 realizing of those works from this research, and readers occupied with historical China who additionally desire to clutch its philosophical foundations will enjoy the clarity and intensity of the author's reasons. He writes a quantity for all readers, whether they have a history in philosophy or chinese language experiences. a piece of comparative philosophy, this quantity additionally integrates the ideas and strategies of latest philosophical discourse right into a dialogue of early chinese language notion. The ensuing discussion relates old chinese language idea to modern philosophical concerns and makes use of glossy Western rules and techniques to throw new interpretive mild on classical texts. instead of functionality as old curiosities, those works act as dwelling 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 out resorting to oversimplification" -- From publisher's website. Read more...
summary: "In this publication the writer explores intimately the basic strategies of Daoist proposal 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 knowing of those works from this research, and readers excited about historic China who additionally desire to snatch its philosophical foundations will have fun with 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 stories. a piece of comparative philosophy, this quantity additionally integrates the suggestions and techniques of up to date philosophical discourse right into a dialogue of early chinese language proposal. The ensuing discussion relates historic chinese language concept to modern philosophical concerns and makes use of glossy Western rules and techniques to throw new interpretive mild on classical texts. instead of functionality as historic curiosities, those works act as residing philosophies in dialog with modern concept 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 web site
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What the right name for this broad philosophical sensibility should be is a moot question. It has come to be known as “Daoism,” and probably will be called that for a long time to come. ” This book provides a thorough scholarly introduction to the fundamental concepts of the various branches of Daoist thought represented in these three texts. It is written for two types of readers: those interested in philosophy who want to expand their range to include Daoism; and those interested in ancient China who wish to deepen their understanding of the philosophical issues raised by these texts.
Of course, describing early Daoist texts as “philosophical” and the later institutions as “religious” should not be taken to mean that there must be a sharp boundary between two mutually exclusive practices, or that there was no interaction and influence between them at all. 19 Despite the historical connections and the areas of overlap, each of these cultural phenomena has central elements not characteristic of the other, and this is where the importance of the distinction lies. 20 Likewise, the philosophical content of those texts—their critique of the Confucian and Mohist understandings of government, ethics, and language, and their advocacy of a way of life free from institutional control—plays no significant role in the practices of the religious institutions.
DAO 道 The word “dao” is often said to be the most basic concept of Chinese philosophy. It might be thought of as having the same philosophical status as “Truth” or “Reality” in Western philosophy. ” Etymologically, it consists of the radical for “walk” on the left hand side, 辶, and the graph for “head” on the right, 首. 3 A dao is the path one takes, the path one makes, and the path as it guides those to follow. 4 By extension it takes on the abstract sense of “way” or “ways”: how processes occur or how things ought to be done.
An introduction to Daoist philosophies by Steve Coutinho