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Document Type(s):Journal Article
Article/Chapter Title:Taoism and the Nature of Nature
Journal Title:Environmental Ethics
Author(s):Ames, Roger T
Date of Publication:1986
Issue:no. 8
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 a polar rather than dualistic relationship between the two terms. As an alternative to Western thought, Ames suggests that their polar relationship could provide an ecological ethos that may have significant implications on human responsibility for the environment. In what has become known as simply Taoism, Ames reintroduces “te” in order to draw out key concepts such as coextensive participationand the idea of transformative change.
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