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Most comprehensive introduction to Daoist Philosophy in any language
Best philosophical analyses of representative Daoist thinkers and texts by worldwide top scholars in the field
Most up to date researches of the most extensive materials, including recently unearthed/discovered texts never known before
Includes the most divergent approaches, concerns, and arguments to advance further studies of Daoist Philosophy
This is the first comprehensive companion to the study of Daoism as a philosophical tradition. It provides a general overview of Daoist philosophy in various thinkers and texts from 6th century BCE to 5th century CE and reflects the latest academic developments in the field. It discusses theoretical and philosophical issues based on rigorous textual and historical investigations and examinations, reflecting both the ancient scholarship and modern approaches and methodologies. The themes include debates on the origin of the Daoism, the authorship and dating of the Laozi, the authorship and classification of chapters in the Zhuangzi, the themes and philosophical arguments in the Laozi and the Zhuangzi, their transformations and developments in Pre-Qin, Han, and Wei-Jin periods, by Huang-Lao school, Heguanzi, Wenzi, Huainanzi, Wang Bi, Guo Xiang, and Worthies in bamboo grove, among others. Each chapter is written by expert(s) and specialist(s) on the topic discussed.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Chinese cosmology - Chinese culture - Chinese philosophy - Comparative studies - Daoism philosophical tradition - Daoist text - Huang Lao-Daoism - Taoism philosophical tradition - Worthies of the bamboo groves - Zhuangzian philosophy - anti-Confucian polemic - syncretistic hermeneutics