Thus Spake Master Chuang: A Structural Exegesis of Taoist Philosophy

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P. Lang, 1987 - Foreign Language Study - 170 pages
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This work provides a structural method for decoding and integrating the hidden message of the Chuang Tzu, one of the most important, as well as one of the most abstruse texts of ancient Chinese philosophy. With the help of Rankian interpretation this structural method demonstrates that the Taoist philosophy of the Chuang Tzu is chiefly a psychological and partly a behavior-oriented system of pain-avoidance. The behavior-oriented part of the Chuang Tzu's message is obvious and as such has been much commented by former and later scholars. Accordingly, the major contribution of this book to the field of Taoist philosophy is its demonstration of the Chuang Tzu's psychological system of pain-avoidance. This book will appeal to those interested in hermeneutic methodology, structural analysis, Taoist philosophy, and the application of Otto Rank's psychology.

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Contents

Acknowledgments
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The Structure of Taoism
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PainAvoidance on the Plane of Behavior
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action Age of Perfect altruism animistic Archimedes avoidance benevolence binary opposition bug's Burton Watson cannot cause Chapter Chinese Cultural Chuang Tzu Chuang Tzu calls conceptual knowledge knowledge conditioned reflexes Confucianism Confucius conscious knowledge consciousness and Self-consciousness Consequently cosmic immortality cosmography counterwill Crow's Feet Cultural Revolution cycle of transformation death denial Diagram III Diagram V shows dialectically opposed dialectically opposed Reality Ego Psychology Ego-objects Ego's egoism eight attributes eight cycles emotions explained fame fame and wealth feeling follower formlessness Formlessness First Cycle forms simple apprehension formula G.E.R. Lloyd goblet words greater whole harmonization Heaven and Earth Heavenly inaction inborn nature Indeed individual intuition Lao Tzu ledge Limitation in Space limpidity Liveliness fullness macrocosm of man's man's consciousness man's mental representation mankind means mental pain metempsychosis Natural Law ness Nietzsche nonbeing Nonlimitation in Space North Sea notion opposition Otto Rank Pain of Contradiction perceptual knowledge knowledge Perfect Virtue Perfect Yang perfection of knowledge piculs plane plane of man's pleasure Point D problem of pain problem of pain-avoidance prong psychology pure spirit pursuit Reality consciousness Reality man's mental relation between perceptual relative knowledge result sage sciousness Self and Reality self-determination Seventh Cycle simple apprehension perfection single Reality consciousness social Son of Heaven structural analysis structural pattern structure of man's subconscious knowledge subconscious mind sycophant synthetic knowledge Tao Te Ching Taoism technique of pain-avoidance ten thousand things things i.e. Thus total unity Tranquility emptiness tual tural turbidity Tzu's understand University of Delaware unworldliness Utopia Wisdom yang and yin Yang Chu Yellow Emperor yin and yang

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