By Ge Ling Shang

ISBN-10: 0791466671

ISBN-13: 9780791466674

ISBN-10: 1423772881

ISBN-13: 9781423772880

Makes use of the concept that of religiosity to problem conventional perspectives of Nietzsche and Zhuangzi as nihilistic and anti-religious.

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ZHUANGZI’S DAO: A WAY OF FREEDOM 27 After all, yi as a state of mind is the way of the kind of human liberation or spiritual freedom from the bonds of attachment, obsession,, prejudice, dualism, dogmatism,, or any form of fixation of one’s’ss mind. In this respect, yi can be read as a verb “to yi” that is equivalent to qi (to equalize, identify, or not distinguish), tong (通, to get through, to access, to connect with, to join), he (to harmonize, conciliate, combine, and blend). Finally, yi represents a thorough throughness and openness ((tong, 通) between heaven and earth, nature and human beings, self and others, which prevents a mind from being fixed or attached to any metaphysical presupposition, self-centered prejudice, and dualistic mentality.

The third meaning of yi or One stands for the appropriate way (Dao) of how human beings look at things and the world, or the ideal state of an enlightened human mind. A true person (zhenren, 真人) or person of Dao always sees and treats ten-thousand-things as one and in virtue of that she can wander around the capricious world, let go within the flux of life and become one with nature by casting off the obsession of the self (sangwo, 丧我, 2/1 and 6/1). ). A mind of yi or Oneness is also a mind that has overcome all kinds of attachment, obsession, dualism, dogmatism, prejudice, and discrimination.

Zhuangzi is concerned with the enslavement of humankind caused by the construction and deification of knowledge, language,, and morality. In order to free oneself or become xiaoyao, Zhuangzi asks us to overcome and go beyond conventional concepts and applications of knowledge, language, and morality. Again, we will see that in his critique there always lies a deep religiosity, a passion for ultimate liberation and freedom. People following traditional ways of thinking believe that as soon as we find knowledge corresponding to the metaphysical Dao, we possess the absolute Truth.

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