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Document Type(s):Book
Book Title:Myth and Meaning in Early Taoism
Author(s):Girardot, Norman J
Publisher Name:University of California Press
Place of Publication:Berkeley, Calif.
Date of Publication:1983
Annotation:With a clearly defined notion of religion, Girardot asserts that all texts of early, classical, philosophical, and mystical Taoism are essentially and properly “religious” in nature. He then focuses on the themes of hun-tun (chaos) and order, and their cultural relativity. Drawing on Taoist texts (e.g., Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu, Huai Nan Tzu, Lieh Tzu), Girardot demonstrates Taoism’s distinctive contribution in providing a metaphysically necessary role for chaos while still having it remain categorically different from nature which Girardot views as fluidity rather than an absence of order.
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