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Bythos and Sophia, Yuanshi Tianzun and Lingbao Tianzun

The Gnostic Bythos is that of a Monad, though I know it does not have benevolent connotations. Disregarding any sense of goodness/morality/仁, in what ways is it not synonymous with that of the ...
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Is there a relation between postmodernism and Asian philosophies?

As an Asian, I see that postmodernism and Taoism and Buddhism all share a similar idea: the truth cannot be grasped. Is there any relation between postmodernism and Asian philosophies? Can Laozi and ...
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Recommend “best” (see description) English translation of Tao Te Ching

Would someone who is vary familiar with Lao Tzu's philosophy please refer me to a translation of Tao Te Ching that preserves the spirit and eternal messages of Tao Te Ching. I don't like the ...
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The Farmer narration by Alan Watts

Is anyone aware of the story of a Chinese farmer (A Taoist parable) who keeps saying "maybe" to every event (Good or bad) that happens to him because we don't know the consequences of those events in ...
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Can't understand Tao Te Ching quote

In the Chapter 1 of the book Tao Te Ching, part 1, 3rd (section) the following quote is present Always without desire we must be found, If its deep mystery we would sound; But if desire always ...
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What is the meaning of this Chuang-Tzu quote?

What is the meaning of this quote ? Also, what can one take away from this ? …the wise man looks into space and does not regard the small as too little, nor the great as too big, for he ...
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For someone who studies Daoism, how would they make another Daoist see that they are in fact following the Dao?

For a quick summary of the Dao, here is an excerpt of what it is in the book Effortless Action: Wu-wei as Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China The culmination of knowledge is ...
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Does the ineffability of the Dao contradict wuwei?

Wuwei, as I understand it, means the following, depending on the context: You do something because you are born for it and do it without wondering why you need to do it (e.g. trees produce oxygen ...
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How does philosophy not fall into the confirmation bias?

Daoism and Buddhism in Eastern philosophies emphasize adaptation and flexibility, and critique rationality. They have different frameworks to understand the same phenomenon, and different goals for ...
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What would Nietzsche think of Taoism?

I'm not too familiar with the works of Nietzche (The Gay Science, On the Genealogy of Morals, etc). However, I am familiar with the terms of overman or Ubermensch, a person who creates new morals/...
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What is the name for half-baked understanding of philosophies?

I think many people who subscribe to Taoism pushing the idea to extremes, like thinking that only feeling is correct (in the name of the Tao cannot be spoken), or researching is useless (in the name ...
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What does “A violent man does not die a natural death” mean?

The original quote was taken from Tao Te Ching, Chapter 42. A literal reading of the text would suggest that a violent man does not die from natural causes but such a prediction, while it might sound ...
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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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Trying to identify a stance (or a range of them) respecting humans as part of a wider system, while denying them any special intrinsic significance

For the purposes of a philosophical study I am seeking a framework that would regard humans fairly unsympathetically, both individually and en masse, but which is not in itself essentially pessimistic....
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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 ...
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What is the philosophical significance of the First Law of Thermodynamics?

The Law states that “no energy can be destroyed or created, for it is constant; it can only be transformed from one form to another”. Do you think this alignes with many of the teachings of Buddhism, ...
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Chinese 'Tao' ('Dao') vs South African Ubuntu

What are some similarities and differences between the Chinese concept of Dao in Daoism (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tao) versus the South African concept of Ubuntu (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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From where does sensing take place during dreams?

In the Zhuangzi (Taoist text), Zhuang Zhou wrote he dreamed he was a butterfly. When he woke up he did not know whether he was perhaps a butterfly dreaming he is a man. (Wikipedia) Personally, I ...
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How similar are Taoism and Christianity?

The current Wikipedia article on Taoism contains a relatively prominent section devoted to arguments in favor of an alleged similarity between Taoism and Christianity. Some authors have dealt with ...
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Are there sources in daoistic philosophy regarding the concept of the specifically human?

What I am looking for are sources (wether historical or, even better, contemporary), that stand in the tradition of daoistic philosophy and focus on the concept of humanity. The goal is basically ...
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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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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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What is the meaning of the following sentence in “Nature, Man and Woman” by Alan Watts?

I am reading "Nature, Man and Woman" by Alan Watts and I am not able to grasp the meaning of the sentence highlighted below fully. There is a prevalent belief in the West that intellectual and ...
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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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Lao Tzu “A good person is the bad person’s teacher. A bad person is the good person’s task.” What does it mean?

Lao Tzu said that "A good person is the bad person’s teacher. A bad person is the good person’s task.". Source I don't understand anything! Can you explain it in plain English?
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To use the limited to pursue the unlimited is foolish?

I have occasionally used an (apparent) quote from Chinese (Taoist) philosopher Zhuangzi's Wikipedia article and am wondering about the original form and where exactly it might be cited from: To use ...