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Confucianism stood for a rigid, detailed, traditional pattern of hierarchical social behavior. Duties were assigned to all of one's social roles—and a person typically had many such roles, e.
We can trace the origin of Daoism, accordingly, in two ways. One is attitudinal, the other theoretical. The theoretical mark of Daoism is an interest in the meaning or nature of dao which may inform or encourage Daoist attitudes. In view of the religious strain, however, we have to recognize two attitudes as marks of proto-Daoism in China.
The first is the vague reaction against the demanding scheme of traditional Confucian rules. Their approximate message was an early version of Yangist purification by withdrawal from society.
This attitude tends to be expressed as anti-moral or amoral mainly because it targets a Confucian conception that systematically elides morality and conventional mores. It also seems to include some of the attitudes that led to the agriculturalists with their opposition to the division of labor, the differential social status and ranks to which it gives rise.
These, however, seem to involve no meta-theory of dao of the type traced in the Zhuangzi history although they can be seen as early indications of the value of Daoist egalitarianism and impartiality. Angus Graham has influentially and controversially reconstructed Yang Zhu's ideas, but they too do not include explicit meta-theorizing about the nature of dao.
Yangism mainly proposes a shocking! At its core is an arguably Daoist worry that social conventions and structures damage our natural spontaneity and interfere with efficient functioning of our natural powers.
Early Chinese moral theory flowed too easily between mores and morality and we may see the lure of Daoist impartiality in the Yangist desire to dispense with relative social mores. It amounts to direct access to what, for ordinarly people, is the product of interpreting a first order dao.
Thus it lacks the inherent vagueness of a formulaic dao. The Confucian value of renhumanity is the moralists' most prominent manifestation of this tendency.
Such intuitionism, while cursorily evading interpretive variability, led instead to insoluble conflicts of authority. They disagreed with each other about who else had such access and any attempt to resolve that transmuted into an attempt to formulate or theorize about the intuition, thus threatening to abandon their hard won interpretive constancy.
This is because the common formulation of these disputes constitutes a theory or dao of how to cultivate the unerring interpretive access to other dao.
Hal Roth emphasizes this line of thought and follows Graham in linking it to two recently prominent chapters of an early Legalist text, the Guanzi neiyeinward training and xin shuheart-mind methods.
Victor Mair, suggests that Yogic techniques, already transmitted from India, played this role. The epistemic commitment both hypotheses impute to their proto-Daoists, however, is that these techniques help achieve incorribible practical access to the correct normative daoguide.
Usually this access was direct and unmediated by language or culture. So they might echo the anarchists rejection of rules or principles but for quite different reasons, i.
The inferred interpretive reliability in this stream of Daoism reflects a kind of impartiality, the irresolvability of rival claims to infallible practical guidance threatens that goal. It can be developed in an egalitarian way i. Both may, however, share Daoism's implicit emnity toward the first-order moralists and Daoism may draw from its suspicion of traditional texts and normative precepts.
One can, however, doubt that it is either a necessary or sufficient distinguisher of Daoism. It finds a more comfortable home in proto-Legalist texts and arguably blends the ingredients of Huang-Lao ruler-worship.
It is also quite obviously manifest in authoritarian and intuitionistic Confucianism with its emphasis on cultivation. Confucian interpretations, like religious ones, typically treat Daoists as making Confucian-style, elitist cultivation claims.
Philosophical interpretations are naturally less comforable taking these authoritarians as forerunners of Daoism and usually require some version of them that pushes them toward relativism or optimistic primitivism. The esoteric or authoritarian developments seem too cavalierly to brush-off the skeptical doubts that generated philosophical reflection on dao and the impusle to seek an impartial resolution.
A characteristically religious excuse for coercive indoctrination is available. Thus the Huang-Lao tradition could mesh with the authoritarian Confucian and Legalist elites who dominated the Han.
Just how far back its history extends into the classical period remains controversial.(True/False) Plato founded the Academy, a school in Athens where philosophy, science, and mathematics were studied.
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Daoism stands alongside Confucianism as one of the two great religious/philosophical systems of China. Traditionally traced to the mythical Laozi “Old Philosopher,” Philosophical Daoism owes more to “philosopher Zhuang” (Zhuangzi) (4 th Century BCE).
Daoism is an umbrella that covers a range of similarly motivated doctrines. In this paper, the philosophical strains in his work will be explored by examining two of his works: Reflections in Westminster Abbey and The Vision of Mirza.
In the former, the main theme seems to be that of death and Addison deliberates freely upon his ideas and reflections regarding the same.
None of Hypatia's or Theon's works survived the burning of the Great Library. Science writer Carl Sagan aptly summarized the significance of the Great Library of Alexandria and the role of Hypatia in the following passage his book Cosmos.