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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:Nature in Asian Traditions of Thought
Article/Chapter Title:Putting the Te back into Taoism
Editor(s):Callicott, J. Baird; Ames, Roger T
Author(s):Ames, Roger T
Publisher Name:State University of New York Press
Place of Publication:Albany, N.Y.
Date of Publication:1989
Annotation:In order to illustrate the Taoist concept of interdependence, Ames presents an analysis of the philological histories of the words tao and te demonstrating the existence of a polar rather than dualistic relationship between the two terms. As an alternative to Western thought, Ames suggests that their polar relationship may provide an ecological ethos having significant implications on human responsibility toward the environment. In what has become known as simply Taoism, Ames reintroduces “te” in order to draw out key concepts such as coextensive participation, the idea of transformative change.
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