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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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Daoism Explained offers an interpretation of the tenets of Daoist philosophy on the basis of the imagery employed in various Daoist texts. The author explains the significance of such images as water and the female and allegories such as the "Dream of the Butterfly," and shows how they connect to each other and how ancient Chinese philosophers understood them. The book also sheds new light on many important allegories by showing how modern translations often conceal the wit and humor of the Chinese original. Written for those who are interested in Asian beliefs and religions as well as for specialists in the field of comparative and Chinese philosophy, Daoism Explained is a comprehensive and fascinating — yet easy-to-follow — introduction to Daoist thought.

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.