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It seems that you're in Germany. We have a dedicated site for Germany. The Ethical Foundations of Early Daoism: Zhuangzi's Unique Moral Vision argues that we can read early Daoist texts as works of moral philosophy that speak to perennial concerns about the well-lived life in the context of the Way.

Lee argues that we can interpret early Daoism as an ethics of attunement. Jung H. Lee does a fine job weaving various strands of the Zhuangzi into a unified vision of human beings in harmony with or as he aptly puts it "attuned to" the Dao. His reading offers a compelling and immensely important alternative to traditional Confucian and modern western interpreters who attempt to portray Zhuangzi as an amoralist unconcerned with values and indifferent to the world.

Philip J. A Dialogue on Relativism and numerous journal articles.

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David R. He is the coauthor of A Workbook for Arguments, Second Edition and numerous papers in applied ethics. It's an extremely useful and insightful book with a particularly appropriate balance of depth and breadth.

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The writing style is easily accessible without sacrificing clarity and specificity. The writing is easily understood by introductory students who normally don't have a background in the material. More than other texts, it takes the time in plain English to flesh out important concepts. It also tells a tight story, with the chapters building on one another, which is useful for introducing students to philosophical thinking.

Giles in his version of Kwang-dze, which is otherwise for the most part so good.

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I know that Mr. Giles's plan in translating is to use strictly English equivalents for all kinds of Chinese terms[2]. The plan is good where there are in the two languages such strict equivalents; but in the case before us there is no ground for its application. The exact English equivalent for the Chinese thien is our heaven. There is also in Kwang-dze a peculiar usage of the name Thien. He applies it to the Beings whom he introduces as. Two instances from Book XI will suffice in illustration of this. In par. Giles renders thien by 'your Holiness.

Giles's own ideal of the meaning of the name 'God' as the equivalent of Thien. But Mr. On his sixty- eighth page, near the beginning of Book VI, we meet with the following sentence, having every appearance of being translated from the Chinese text'God is a principle which exists by virtue of its own intrinsicality, and operates without self-manifestation. I have referred above p. In Bk. III, par. Giles renders 'Of God;' Mr. XII, par. Giles, 'the kingdom of God;' in Mr. Balfour, 'the home of God. But in Bk.

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VI, par. It produced heaven, It produced earth[1]. Instances of both these names are found in Bk. VI, parr. For this sentence we find in Mr. Balfour'Spirits of the dead, receiving It, become divine; the very gods themselves owe their divinity to its influence; and by it both Heaven and Earth were produced. Giles is too condensed'Spiritual beings drew their spirituality therefrom, while the universe became what we see it now. Different views are stated. II, par.

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What was that extreme point? This is the extreme point,--the utmost limit to which nothing can be added. The first of these three views was that which Kwang-dze himself preferred.

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The most condensed expression of it is given in Bk. It was in this state that there arose the first existence; the first existence, but still without bodily shape. From this things could be produced, receiving what we call their several characters. That which had no bodily shape was divided, and then without intermission there was what we call the process of conferring. The two processes continued to operate, and things were produced. As they were completed, there appeared the distinguishing lines of each, which we call the bodily shape. That shape was the body preserving in it the spirit, and each had its peculiar manifestation which we call its nature.

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  8. Balfour had given for this sentence'In the beginning of all things there was not even nothing. There were no names; these arose afterwards. Balfour's version in , Mr. Giles proposed'At the beginning of all things there was nothing; but this nothing had no name. Then came the period of the nameless;'--an improvement, certainly, on the other; but which can hardly be accepted as the correct version of the text. It was an evolution and not a creation. We have seen that it is nothing material'.

    It acted spontaneously of itself. Its sudden appearance in the field of non-existence, Producer, Transformer, Beautifier, surpasses my comprehension. I am compelled to accept the existence of God, as the ultimate Fact, bowing before it with reverence, and not attempting to explain it, the one mystery, the sole mystery of the universe. The concluding sentence of ch. More pertinent is the description of life as 'a coming forth,' and of death as 'an entering[2];' but Kwang-dze expounds more fully, though after all unsatisfactorily, the teaching of their system on the subject.

    Quiet acquiescence in what happens at its proper time, and quietly submitting to its sequence , afford no occasion for grief or for joy. The ancients described death as the loosening of the cord on which God suspended the life. What we can point to are the faggots that have been consumed; but the fire is transmitted elsewhere, and we know not that it is over and ended.

    It is, however, in connexion with the death of his own wife, as related in the eighteenth Book, that his views most fully--I do not say 'clearly'--appear. We are told that when that event took place, his friend Hui-dze went to condole with him, and found him squatted on the ground, drumming on the vessel of ice , and singing. His friend said to him, 'When a wife has lived with her husband, brought up children, and then dies in her old age, not to wail for her is enough.

    When you go on to drum on the vessel and sing, is it not an excessive and strange demonstration? When she first died, was it possible for me to be singular, and not affected by the event?