An Introduction to Daoist Thought

Action, Language, and Ethics in Zhuangzi

By Eske Møllgaard

© 2008 – Routledge

166 pages

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About the Book

This is the first work available in English which addresses Zhuangzi’s thought as a whole. It presents an interpretation of the Zhuangzi, a book in thirty-three chapters that is the most important collection of Daoist texts in early China.

The author introduces a complex reading that shows the unity of Zhuangzi’s thought, in particular in his views of action, language, and ethics. By addressing methodological questions that arise in reading Zhuangzi, a hermeneutics is developed which makes understanding Zhuangzi’s religious thought possible.

A theoretical contribution to comparative philosophy and the cross-cultural study of religious traditions, the book serves as an introduction to Daoism for graduate students in religion, philosophy, and East Asian Studies.

Table of Contents

1. On Reading Zhuangzi 2. Zhuangzi's Fundamental Figures of Thought 3. The Drive towards Completion 4. Unraveling the Drive towards Completion 5. Saying the Unsayable 6. Bungled Discourse 7. Impromptu Words 8. Ethics 9. Spiritual Exercise

About the Author

Eske Møllgaard received his PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. He currently is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at University of Rhode Island. His teaching interests include Asian philosophy, comparative philosophy and continental philosophy. He is particularly interested in the ways East Asian traditions of thought make us reconsider and rediscover salient features of Western philosophical traditions.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
REL000000
RELIGION / General
REL065000
RELIGION / Taoism (see also PHILOSOPHY / Taoist)
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General