Daoism Explained: From the Dream of the Butterfly to the Fishnet Allegory

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Open Court Publishing, 2004 - Philosophy - 178 pages
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Daoism Explained offers an interpretation of the tenets of Daoist philosophy on the basis of the imagery employed in various Daoist texts. The author explains the significance of such images as water and the female and allegories such as the "Dream of the Butterfly," and shows how they connect to each other and how ancient Chinese philosophers understood them. The book also sheds new light on many important allegories by showing how modern translations often conceal the wit and humor of the Chinese original. Written for those who are interested in Asian beliefs and religions as well as for specialists in the field of comparative and Chinese philosophy, Daoism Explained is a comprehensive and fascinating ? yet easy-to-follow ? introduction to Daoist thought.
 

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Contents

IMAGES AND ALLEGORIES
27
ISSUES
67
STRUCTURES
129
PERSPECTIVES
149
Notes
161
Index
173
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Hans-Georg Moeller is Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Brock University in Ontario, Canada.

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