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17. Thursday, November 5, 2009

17. Thursday, November 5, 2009 - PHL Thursday November 5...

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PHL Thursday, November 5, 2009 Lao Tzu -> Problems 1. How does this apply? 2. Recipe for inaction? 3. Recipe for disaster? 4. Contradictions within the text (cyclical or not? sagacious or not? (quality of tao ist wisdom) active or not?) 5. Justification of almost anything in the name of “teleological suspension of the ethical”? (to serve the true ends of wisdom you need to suspend ethics - to do the wise thing you need to go beyond right and wrong) 6. Er, what? Philosophical Aspects of the Tao - limit, even eliminate, desire; v. excite, renew, extend - not all desire is bad, at some points its about eliminating, but at others its about limiting or understanding - character <--> action link no longer stable - virtuous action comes out of virtuous character - experience not all its cracked up to be - experience can be a false wisdom itself - existance does not necessarily exhaust the real - selfishness = virtue = sagacity - by selfishness, he doesnt mean exercising self interest, be means “knowing how to now hurt oneself” - knowing how
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