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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 book presents a systematic account of the role of the personal spirit ideal of wu-wei - literally 'no doing', but better rendered as 'effortless action' - in early Chinese thought.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward G Slingerland
ISBN: 9780195314878 0195314875
OCLC Number: 780006733
Awards: Winner of Winner of the American Academy of Religion Best First Book in the History of Religions Award, 2004.
Description: xii, 352 pages
Contents: Wu-wei as conceptual metaphor. --
At ease in virtue: Wu-wei in the Analects. --
So-of-itself: Wu-wei in the Laozi. --
New technologies of the self: Wu-wei in the "inner training" and the Mohist rejection of Wu-wei. --
Cultivating the sprouts: Wu-wei in the Mencius. --
The 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 Analects. --
Appendix 3: Textual issues concerning the Laozi. --
Appendix 4: Textual issues concerning the Zhuangzi.
Responsibility: Edward Slingerland.

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