08 - Phil209a 4/17/08 Daoism/Taoism Zhou Dynasty (again)...

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Phil209a 4/17/08 Daoism/Taoism Zhou Dynasty (again) -The philosophical Daoism was mainly developed in the period of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (Time table in slides) -Maybe more or less the same period as Classical Confucianism - Daoism as a Religion -Daoism-religion is just like a combination of many different religious traditions in China -Since there is no single source of this religion, there is neither a founder of it, nor is there a united set of religious doctrines Gods in Daoism -Laozi, a fictional figure in Philosophical Daoism has mentioned Dao, which is quite ‘supernatural’ and so later Laozi has become a god in Daoism -Indeed, Daoism-religion ahs many gods. Zhuangzi has become another God. The Yellow Emperor, a fictional figure as the first king of China in legend is also an important god in Daoism. Huang-Lao -Indeed, Daoism-religion treats the Yellow Emperor and Laozi as the founders of the religion so sometimes the term “Lao-Zhuang philosophy” is used to distinguish the philosophical Daoism from the more religious “Huang-Lao” (Yellow Emperor- Laozi)
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This note was uploaded on 05/14/2008 for the course PHIL 209A taught by Professor Chan during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.

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