9780415206198

The Tao of the West: Western Tranformations of Taoist Thought

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415206198

  • ISBN10:

    0415206197

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-06-13
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

InThe Tao of the West,J. J. Clarke shows us how Taoism has transformed many key areas of Western life and thought. Taoist texts, ideas and practices have over several centuries been assimilated into a whole range of interests and activities found in the West. From the everyday impact of practices such as Feng Shui and Tai Chi to more esoteric formulations found in religion, philosophy, ethics, politics, and ecology, Taoism has inspired the Western world.The Tao of the Westnot only provides a fascinating introduction to Taoism but offers a timely insight into the history of the West's encounter with this ancient tradition.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
`The Way that can be told': introduction
1(15)
Orientations and disorientations
1(8)
Ways and means
9(3)
The way to the West
12(4)
`The meaning is not the meaning': on the nature of Daoism
16(21)
What is Daoism
16(6)
The `Three Teachings'
22(6)
Historical origins
28(9)
`Cramped scholars': Western interpretations of Daoism
37(26)
Daoism under Western gaze
37(13)
Reading Daoism
50(13)
`The Great Clod': Daoist natural philosophy
63(27)
Order out of chaos
63(6)
Cosmology: the standard picture
69(5)
Science: a new paradigm
74(7)
Environmentalism: new ways
81(9)
`Going rambling without destination': moral explorations
90(27)
Daoist moral vision
90(5)
The ethics of self-cultivation
95(8)
The politics of anarchism
103(8)
Women and gender
111(6)
`The transformation of things': the alchemy of life, sex and health
117(23)
The Way of immortality
117(5)
The Way of inner cultivation
122(6)
The Way of sexuality
128(8)
The Way of good health
136(4)
`The Way is incommunicable': transcendence
140(26)
Mysticism
140(9)
Mysticism made visible: landscape painting
149(10)
Transcendence
159(7)
`The twitter of birds': philosophical themes
166(28)
Thinking differences
166(9)
Scepticism, relativism and irrationalism
175(9)
Postmodernism
184(10)
`Journey to the West': by way of concluding
194(18)
Beyond orientalism
194(9)
Beyond Daoism
203(9)
Appendix I: Chinese dynastic chronology 212(1)
Appendix II: Wade--Giles/Pinyin conversion table 213(1)
Notes 214(20)
Bibliography 234(25)
Name index 259(6)
Subject index 265

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