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Sam Bishop EALC 110 Lecture Notes 2/1/07 Zhuangzi- Daoist philosopher of warring states period. Formed on principle of classic Daoists Different than Laozi- Zhuangzi’s book has more stories and fables. ZHuangzi’s poetry is not interested in the government of Daoists. Zhuangzi was asked by Shin King to be in the government (to Confucians, this would be a great honor)- he said no, because he wanted to live in happy, blissful, obscurity- free of gov’t- said he would be like the dead tortoise on the wall if he served in gov’t- he would rather be free and alive. Completely opposite than Confucian attitude- said its selfish to not serve in government. Zhuangzi- Way of achieving relative happiness- said we have to enjoy free development of our natures from a full and free exercise of our natural abilities (virtue = power: a quality of each thing which allows each thing to exercise its potential)- this is The Way as its manifested in phenomenon- everything has a unique virtue. Everything has a natural ability that spawns from the Way.
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2007 for the course EALC 110g taught by Professor Hayden during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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