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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:Earth Might be Fair: Reflections on Ethics, Religion and Ecology
Article/Chapter Title:Tao Now: An Ecological Testament
Editor(s):Barbour, Ian G
Author(s):Smith, Huston
Publisher Name:Prentice-Hall Inc.
Place of Publication:Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Date of Publication:1972
Annotation:Calling for a new consciousness to undergird environmental calls to action, Smith does not recommend beginning from a tabula rasa but rather prefers to look to our ancestors for guidance. He contrasts Western Hebraic/Hellenic epistemologies that distance humans from nature with Chinese cosmology and a Taoist metaphysics of unity and divine ecology. Warning against the danger of misinterpreting Taoism as quietism, Smith describes Tao-identification, the fundamental concept of wu wei (no action), as having been interpreted as emergence from a place beyond the self/other divide.
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