The Penumbra Unbound: The Neo-Taoist Philosophy of Guo Xiang Brook Ziporyn

ISBN: 9780791456613

Published: April 30th 2003

Hardcover

186 pages


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The Penumbra Unbound: The Neo-Taoist Philosophy of Guo Xiang  by  Brook Ziporyn

The Penumbra Unbound: The Neo-Taoist Philosophy of Guo Xiang by Brook Ziporyn
April 30th 2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 186 pages | ISBN: 9780791456613 | 10.54 Mb

The Penumbra Unbound is the first English language book-length study of the Neo-Taoist thinker Guo Xiang (d. 312 C.E.), commentator on the classic Taoist text, the Zhuangzi. The author explores Guos philosophy of freedom and spontaneity, explainsMoreThe Penumbra Unbound is the first English language book-length study of the Neo-Taoist thinker Guo Xiang (d. 312 C.E.), commentator on the classic Taoist text, the Zhuangzi. The author explores Guos philosophy of freedom and spontaneity, explains its coherence and importance, and shows its influence on later Chinese philosophy, particularly Chan Buddhism.

The implications of his thought on freedom versus determinism are also considered in comparison to several positions advanced in the history of Western philosophy, notably those of Spinoza, Kant, Schopenhauer, Fichte, and Hegel. Guos thought reinterprets the classical pronouncements about the Tao so that it in no way signifies any kind of metaphysical absolute underlying appearances, but rather means literally nothing. This absence of anything beyond appearances is the first premise in Guos development of a theory of radical freedom, one in which all phenomenal things are self-so, creating and transforming themselves without depending on any justification beyond their own temporary being.



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