An introduction to Daoist philosophies by Steve Coutinho

By Steve Coutinho

"In this ebook the writer explores intimately the elemental suggestions of Daoist proposal 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 knowing of those works from this research, and readers interested by historic China who additionally desire to clutch its philosophical foundations will savor the clarity Read more...

summary: "In this e-book the writer explores intimately the basic recommendations of Daoist concept as represented in 3 early texts: the Laozi, the Zhuangzi, and the Liezi. Readers drawn to philosophy but strange with Daoism will achieve a entire realizing of those works from this research, and readers enthusiastic about old China who additionally desire to take hold of its philosophical foundations will delight in the readability and intensity of the author's causes. He writes a quantity for all readers, whether they have a history in philosophy or chinese language reports. a piece of comparative philosophy, this quantity additionally integrates the innovations and strategies of up to date philosophical discourse right into a dialogue of early chinese language suggestion. The ensuing discussion relates historic chinese language proposal to modern philosophical concerns and makes use of glossy Western principles and ways to throw new interpretive gentle on classical texts. instead of functionality as old curiosities, those works act as residing philosophies in dialog with modern idea and event. the writer respects the multiplicity of Daoist philosophies whereas additionally revealing a particular philosophical sensibility, and he offers transparent factors of those advanced texts with out resorting to oversimplification" -- From publisher's web site

Show description

Read or Download An introduction to Daoist philosophies PDF

Similar other eastern religions & sacred texts books

Alan Watts--Here and Now: Contributions to Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion

Considers the contributions and modern importance of Alan Watts. Alan Watts—Here and Now explores the highbrow legacy and carrying on with relevance of a prolific author and speaker who used to be an incredible effect on American tradition in the course of the latter half the 20 th century. A philosopher attuned to the religious malaise affecting the Western brain, Watts (1915–1973) supplied highbrow and religious choices that contributed to shaping the Beat tradition of the Nineteen Fifties and the counterculture of the Nineteen Sixties.

Confucius : a guide for the perplexed

A transparent and thorough account of Confucius and his rules, underscoring his relevance to either chinese language humans and to humans within the West. summary: a transparent and thorough account of Confucius and his principles, underscoring his relevance to either chinese language humans and to humans within the West.

Mithras Platonicus: Recherches sur l’hellénisation philosophique de Mithra

Mtfhras platonicus, ce titre fait référence à los angeles query à laquelle tente de répondre R. Turcan dans les sept chapitres qui composent son livre : remark les platoniciens qui se sont intéressés au mithriacisme l'ontils incorporé dans leurs systèmes ?

Dans un foremost chapitre auteur en se fondant notamment sur un témoignage de Plutarque Pompée, 24, 7), dont los angeles resource serait Posidonius. précise les circonstances historiques de los angeles révélation dans le monde grec du culte de Mithra.

Puis, dans les six chapitres suivants, il passe de histoire du mithriacisme à son incorporation dans le platonisme.

Le projet preliminary de l'A. , qui le révèle dans sa préface se limitait à quelques observations sur les textes de Porphyre relatifs à Mithra et au mithriacisme. Ces observations se retrouvent ici dans les chapitres three et five. Elles portent sur des textes qui, en fait, ne sont que des citations, plus ou moins fidèles, d'Eubule, auteur d'un ouvrage en plusieurs livres exposant en détail les données d'une enquête sur Mithra, et de Pallas, son commentateur; de Numénius d'Apamée, le philosophe, et de son vulgarisateur, Cronius.

Le journal de Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti's final magazine, spoken right into a tape recorder at his domestic, Pine Cottage, within the Ojai Valley, brings the reader as regards to this popular non secular instructor. Dictated within the mornings, from his mattress, undisturbed, Krishnamurti's observations are captured the following in all their immediacy and candor, from own reflections to poetic musings on nature and a serene meditation on demise.

Additional info for An introduction to Daoist philosophies

Example text

The Laozi is composed primarily of concise verse; the Zhuangzi and the Liezi are for the most part juxtapositions of narratives of varying length, not always obviously concerned with the same theme. They do not engage extensively in the articulation or refinement of definitions, and important terms are often used in different contexts that indicate more than one meaning. Perhaps most notably, there are relatively few explicit arguments whose purpose is to convince the reader of the truth of a conclusion.

The presuppositions of any worldview allow for certain kinds of possibilities, limiting what may or may not happen; what occurs in the stories will therefore exemplify those possibilities, and thereby help to reveal those presuppositions. Each element of the story has a philosophical function in relation to other elements. A specific character who is able to perform certain tasks, for example, is being used to make a general point about the conditions and possibilities of human action. The unfolding of events, and relevant evidence from other stories, texts, and contexts provides further evidence for either the development or the correction of philosophical interpretations.

And to say this is, as we shall see, to say something profoundly significant. Moreover, the single-minded concentration on dao draws attention away from several other concepts that are central to understanding Daoist thought, apart from which the significance of Daoist philosophy and indeed of dao itself cannot be understood. 1 What makes the Daoist dao distinctive is that it is the dao of nature, of absence, of potency, returning, and the ancestral. To locate the “essence” of Daoism in the concept of an unspeakable dao is, to borrow a popular slogan from Zen Buddhism, to mistake the finger for the moon.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.52 of 5 – based on 14 votes