An Introduction to Daoist Philosophies by Steve Coutinho

By Steve Coutinho

Steve Coutinho explores intimately the basic recommendations of Daoist concept as represented in 3 early texts: the Laozi, the Zhuangzi, and the Liezi. Readers attracted to philosophy but surprising with Daoism will achieve a accomplished figuring out of those works from this research, and readers interested by old China who additionally desire to snatch its philosophical foundations will savour the readability and intensity of Coutinho's explanations.

Coutinho writes a quantity for all readers, whether they have a historical past in philosophy or chinese language stories. a piece of comparative philosophy, this quantity additionally integrates the strategies and techniques of latest philosophical discourse right into a dialogue of early chinese language idea. The ensuing discussion relates historic chinese language idea to modern philosophical matters and makes use of glossy Western rules and ways to throw new interpretive gentle on classical texts. instead of functionality as ancient curiosities, those works act as dwelling philosophies in dialog with modern suggestion and adventure. Coutinho respects the multiplicity of Daoist philosophies whereas additionally revealing a particular philosophical sensibility, and he presents transparent reasons of those complicated texts with out resorting to oversimplification.

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