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Lecture 7: Laozi: “I suffer calamity because I have a body.”
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Main Ideas in Daoism: 2 Ivanhoe, p. 182, Ch. 40: “Turning back is how the Way moves.” Ivanhoe, p. 196, Ch. 66: “Take the low position.” Ivanhoe, pp. 176-177, Ch. 28: some recurring metaphors of the ideal. Daoist attitude toward language: language always chops things up into this and that, right and wrong, large and small . . . Thus it is an inadequate medium for conveying the experience of Dao which is conceived as unchanging, unlimited, and unconditional. Daoists mistrust language, especially discursive language, and resort to using poetic language, paradox, and shock. Ivanhoe, p. 166, Ch. 8; pp. 172-173, Ch.20-21; pp. 184-185, Ch. 45. Laozi’s description of Dao, the Way: Ivanhoe, pp. 174-175, Ch.25.
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Can a Person Achieve Enlightenment? Yes, by introspection and by throwing away artificial categories and values one acquires from culture. Ivanhoe, p. 185, Ch. 47.
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