Download e-book for iPad: An introduction to Daoist philosophies by Steve Coutinho

By Steve Coutinho

ISBN-10: 0231143389

ISBN-13: 9780231143387

ISBN-10: 0231143397

ISBN-13: 9780231143394

ISBN-10: 0231512880

ISBN-13: 9780231512886

"In this booklet the writer explores intimately the basic strategies of Daoist notion as represented in 3 early texts: the Laozi, the Zhuangzi, and the Liezi. Readers attracted to philosophy but strange with Daoism will achieve a complete knowing of those works from this research, and readers serious about old China who additionally desire to snatch its philosophical foundations will savour the clarity Read more...

summary: "In this ebook the writer explores intimately the basic suggestions of Daoist concept as represented in 3 early texts: the Laozi, the Zhuangzi, and the Liezi. Readers attracted to philosophy but unusual with Daoism will achieve a finished figuring out of those works from this research, and readers fascinated about old China who additionally desire to take hold of its philosophical foundations will have fun with the readability and intensity of the author's factors. He writes a quantity for all readers, whether they have a history in philosophy or chinese language stories. 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 proposal. The ensuing discussion relates historical chinese language idea to modern philosophical concerns and makes use of smooth Western rules and ways to throw new interpretive mild on classical texts. instead of functionality as historic curiosities, those works act as dwelling 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 causes of those advanced texts with out resorting to oversimplification" -- From publisher's web site

Show description

Read Online or Download An introduction to Daoist philosophies PDF

Best other eastern religions & sacred texts books

Louis Komjathy's Cultivating Perfection: Mysticism and Self-transformation in PDF

Applying a comparative non secular experiences procedure, this ebook offers a complete dialogue of early Quanzhen as a Daoist spiritual move charactized via asceticism, alchemical transformation, and mystical experiencing. Emphasis is put on the advanced interaction between perspectives of self, spiritual praxis, and non secular event.

Download PDF by Lynn Teskey Denton: Female Ascetics in Hinduism

Woman Ascetics in Hinduism offers a bright account of the lives of ladies renouncers—women who surrender the area to reside ascetic religious lives—in India. the writer methods the examine of girl asceticism by means of concentrating on gains of 2 dharmas, religiously outlined methods of existence: that of woman-as-householder and that of the ascetic, who, for numerous purposes, falls open air the area of householdership.

Extra info for An introduction to Daoist philosophies

Sample text

There may, of course, be more than one. The size of the fish may represent vastness as that which goes beyond our ordinary understanding, as well as the vastness of the cosmos, while the fish, the darkness, and the ocean represent the yin phases in the transformations of things. The myths and narratives that exemplify a general point should not be treated as articulating a strictly universal claim, unless the text explicitly says so. Rather, there is a general ‘maxim’ exemplified by the particular story: that is, a contextualized generalization.

Translations are, for the most part, my own, but are sometimes based on Watson and Graham and modified for terminological and philosophical consistency. The references to Watson are to his translation, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu. A note on orthography: chapters in Daoist texts are referred to in the lower case with numerals: “chapter 6,” for example. Chapters in this book are referred to in the upper case with numbers spelled in full, followed by the words “above” or “below”: “Chapter Six below,” for example.

6 The Laozi and the Zhuangzi, on the contrary, insist that it is possible to promote a flourishing life only by shifting our attention away from the focus to the periphery, from human concerns to tiandao, the way of the cosmos. ” The first place we find the name “Daojia” is in the classification of the Grand Historian of the Han dynasty, Sima Tan. He grouped thinkers of the Warring States into six broadly conceived houses, families, or schools, jia:8 Yinyangjia (the Yinyang school), Rujia (the Ruists, or Confucians), Mojia (the Mohists), Fajia (the Legalists), Mingjia (the Linguistic school),9 and Daojia (the Daoists).

Download PDF sample

An introduction to Daoist philosophies by Steve Coutinho


by Charles
4.0

Rated 4.32 of 5 – based on 27 votes