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The Pristine DAO: Metaphysics in Early Daoist Discourse
The Laozi (Daodejing) and the Zhuangzi have long been familiar to Western readers and have served as basic sources of knowledge about early Chinese Daoism. Modern translations and studies of these works have encouraged a perception of Daoism as a mystical philosophy heavy with political implications that advises kings to become one with the Dao. Breaking with this standard ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published May 26th 2005 by State University of New York Press
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A completely different way to approach the study of Daoism. The book attempts to show that there has always been one continuous discourse of Daoism as opposed to the traditional split between the early "philosophical Daoism" and the later "religious Daoism." Recommended for any East Asian religion scholar interested in Daoism.