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Is Taoism a philosophy?

I find some of the individual ideas in Taoism comforting when applied to my own life (e.g. effortless action, non-attachment, acceptance, duality), but I don't really know what Taoism is as an all ...
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Confucianism and other cultures/peoples

Are there considerations and reflections about other cultures and peoples (than Confucianism and confucianist societies) in Confucianism? For instance concerning the kind of relationship a ...
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Is Confucianism a humanism?

To what extent Confucianism is a humanism, in the Western meaning of the term? I propose to tackle this question by framing it this way: what are the similarities and differences between Confucianism ...
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How did classical Chinese philosophers practice philosophy? [closed]

Practicing Philosophy minimally requires thinking but how did classical Chinese philosophers practice philosophy ? In what way does their practice ressembles and comes appart from that of other ...
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Question about the Four Noble Truths

Are there many causes of "suffering" (the first noble truth) or do they all stem from one cause (namely, unsatisfactory impermanence)? Encyclopedia Britannica lists unsatisfactory ...
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Why is Confucianism considered a brilliant philosophical school of thought?

It is undeniable that Confucianism had a profound influence on Chinese society, and I can understand that that could be the sole reason for the strong interest in Confucianism that we see today. ...
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Anti-language in ancient Chinese philosophy?

What does anti-language mean in the context of ancient Chinese philosophy, specifically when concerning the Dao (Mencius and Laozi)? Does it refer to the position that the Dao cannot be properly ...
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Origin of "Great acts are made up of small deeds"

It is easy to find the author - Lao Tzu. But I lost hope trying to find the context, e.g. the book of the quote's origin. Hoping Stack Exchange philosophers can provide the answer.
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What is the original text of Lao Zi’s quote “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be”?

I can not find the original quote in Chinese. It may be so difficult because the original text is probably very far from "When I let go of what I am...". Does anyone know what the original Chinese ...
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What did Confucius mean by saying that the 'rectification of names' is the first thing required to rule a state?

In Analects XII, a disciple asked Confucius the right principle of government whereupon Confucious said: The one thing needed first is the rectification of names. What did Confucius mean by this?
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Which Chinese philosophy is best for understanding other cultures? [closed]

Which Chinese school of thought leads to an extension of your perspective on another culture?
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Is there an ur-philosophy behind the philosophy of Pythagoras and Lao Tze Tung?

Chapter forty-two of the Dao De Jing has the following: The Dao engenders One One engenders Two Two engenders Three And Three engenders the many myriad things This looks rather like how ...
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Which form of human nature, Renxing, do you think is more logical?

In Chinese philosophy, there are 2 main views of human nature, also known as renxing, as proposed by Mengzi and Xunzi. I want to know which philosophy seems more logical or correct. Mengzi says ...
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When were the works of Confucius first translated to the West?

I want to know how much the Enlightenment philosophers knew of the works of Confucius. This page cites a translation from 1687 into Latin, while Wikipedia talks of 3 different translations before 1700,...
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What's a good translation for "De" in Dao De Jing?

The Dao De Jing is a classic about how Nature operates (or doesn't operate) to achieve its ever-evolving marvels. Jing here means a classic book. Dao is the Way, the "first cause": to me a fancy name ...
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Pu, or the uncarved block, in the book of Tao

I recall, that when I read the book of Tao as a teen, there was one verse/chapter which really stuck with me. It went something like this: If you have an ucarved block and you carve it into a spoon, ...
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What does Sun Tzu's *Art of War* mean by "victory"?

I've been reading Sun Tzu's art of war ( just out of fun ) and stumbled upon a part of the chapter 4 titled Tactical Dispositions The confusing statement is Thus it is the war, the victorious ...
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Is there a concept of Chinese filial peity analogous to 'making your parents proud'?

I understand that Chinese philosophy tends to venerate ancestors and the old. Does any, I suppose Confucian, concept revolve around the everyday notion of making your parents proud?
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What does "action without acting" (wuwei) in Chinese philosophy mean?

Source: p 67, Introducing Philosophy for Canadians: A Text with Integrated Readings (2011 1 ed) by Solomon, McDermid How can one act without acting? The question above is based on pp 65-67, which ...
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Could you explain “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be” (attributed to Laozi)? [closed]

Could you analyse this quote: When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu. (Source)
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“We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.”- Lao Tzu.What does this mean?

We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. (Daodejing 11) What does this mean? Why does the emptiness hold the things we want?
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What do we learn about the sun when applying the yin and yang viewpoint?

The post Chinese Philosophy: the yin aspects of the sun discusses what the yin and yang properties of the sun are according to Daoism. What is the explanatory value of yin and yang, what is ...
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Chinese Philosophy: the yin aspects of the sun

In Chinese philosophy, it is taught that every entity has yin and yang. The sun is traditionally thought of as being very strongly biased towards yang (from the perspective of the balance we perceive)...
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Philosophical Similarities For Chinese Confucianism and Daoism

I know there a lot more differences then similarities between Daoism and Confucianism. All I can find is that both have one goal and focus of self-improvement from being "individuals" by becoming a ...
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Interpretation of a line in the Zhuangzi 4.7

In the Zhuangzi, how can we interpret the end of 4.7 part? ...夫支離其形者,猶足以養其身,終其天年,又況支離其德者乎! "With a crippled body, he's still able to look after himself and finish out the years Heaven gave him. How ...
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Why did Confucianims survive longer than Mohism in china?

While studying chinese philosophy, we learned about Mozi. The influence of Mozi's philosophy, or Mohism, according to my teacher and confirmed through personal research, died out during the Han ...
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Why is a white horse not a horse?

While learning about Taoist philosophy, we learned about Gongsung Long's argument that a white horse is not a horse. We recieved the english translation of his argument, and for me it didn't make much ...
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How is Yin-Yang theorised in Chinese Philosophy?

The symbol of Yin-Yang is strangely reminiscent of Empedocles theory of forces as pairs of contraries; that are dynamic; of generation and corruption. In Economics, one might posit two forces; ...
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Meaning of "upgrading" in quote by Confucius?

I am fond of this quote by Confucius, except that I cannot quite understand the term "upgrading" in the last sentence: Listen widely to remove your doubts and be careful when speaking about the ...
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Chinese Beliefs about God and the physical world [closed]

I'm not sure if this question ought to be here, but I hope someone can help me out anyway... What is the major religious belief in China nowadays? Traditional buddhism taught by Gautama Buddha (i.e. ...
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Is Tao a God? Or is it a God only in the Dao Jiao?

I'm asking it here because I'd like to know the philosophical point of view on this question. I've read that branches that exist are Dao Jia (philosophical Taoism) and Dao Jiao (religious Taoism) ...
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Similarities between philosophies of Zhuangzi (daoism) and Friedrich Nietzsche?

I've come across these quotes by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) and about Chinese daoist philosopher Zhuangzi (4th century BC). from Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy from the ...
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Why is chinese philosophy usually ignored in western philosophy courses?

Is it because western tradition ignores them? Or because they think it's not philosophy, but mysticism? Or because they are afraid of losing ground to a superior thinking? Ignorance, prejudice or ...
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A noble man's dilemma

Tschung Yung says that: "The noble puts demands on himself; the common puts demands on others." How can the noble get the common to be noble? He can't, because putting the demand to be noble on ...
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