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Daoism Explained

Daoism Explained

From the Dream of the Butterfly to the Fishnet Allegory
August 2004
Trade Paperback · 160 Pages
$24.00 U.S. · £10.99 U.K. · €16.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780812695632
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Hans-Georg Moeller has achieved the perfect blend with Daoism Explained. It is both a fascinating introduction on Daoist thought as well as an original and insightful contribution to Eastern philosophy. This book will take the place of The Tao of Pooh by Hoff. Like that book, Doaism Explained offers a comprehensive presentation of Daoist philosophy that is interesting and easy to follow. The study sheds new light on many Doaist allegories by showing how modern translations often concealed the original wit and humor of the Chinese original, or imposed alien philosophical frameworks on them. It attempts to take away the metaphysical and Christian disguises with which Daoist philosophy has been obscured by Western interpretations in the past 100 years.

About the Author

Hans-Georg Moeller is Associate Professor and Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Brock University in Ontario. He has also held positions at the University of Bonn, the University of Zurich, and the University of Wisconsin. He was awarded the Straniak Philosophy Prize in 1995.