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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:Encyclopedia of Bioethics
Article/Chapter Title:Taoism
Author(s):Girardot, Norman J
Publisher Name:Macmillan
Place of Publication:New York, N.Y.
Date of Publication:1979
Annotation:Girardot defines Taoism with respect to its history as a “medicinal” principle for prolonging human health and life in terms of a unitive biological and spiritual order. The historical connections between Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Chinese medicine are described along with their fundamental understanding of disease as a human-nature disequilibrium caused by ignorance of nature’s laws. The author also discusses the function of the saint-sage and the Taoist physician as healers using concepts like wu-wei (selfless motivation) and te (personal potency).
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