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Effortless action : Wu-wei as conceptual metaphor and spiritual ideal in early China

Author: Edward G Slingerland
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study argues that the concept of 'wu-wei' or 'effortless action' serves as a spiritual ideal for a group of five early Chinese thinkers - Confucius, Laozi, Mencius, Shuangzi, and Xunzi.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward G Slingerland
ISBN: 0195138996 9780195138993
OCLC Number: 123159880
Description: xii, 352 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Wu-wei as conceptual metaphor. --
At ease in virtue: Wu --
New technologies of the self: Wu-wei in the "inner training" and the Mohist rejection of Wu-wei. --
Tenuous self: Wu-wei in the Zhuangzi. --
Straightening the warped wood: Wu-wei in the Xunzi. --
Appendix 1: The "many-Dao theory" --
Appendix 2: Textual issues concerning the Zhuangzi.
Responsibility: Edward Slingerland.

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