Dao Companion to Daoist Philosophy

  • Xiaogan Liu

Part of the Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy book series (DCCP, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. The Laozi and the Bamboo Texts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Mark Csikszentmihalyi
      Pages 47-70
  3. The Zhuangzi

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Xiaogan Liu
      Pages 129-157
    3. Steve Coutinho
      Pages 159-191
    4. Xiaogan Liu, Yama Wong
      Pages 221-237
  4. The Huang-Lao Tradition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. L. K. Chen, Hiu Chuk Winnie Sung
      Pages 241-264
    3. Harold D. Roth
      Pages 265-280
    4. Carine Defoort
      Pages 281-305
    5. Griet Vankeerberghen
      Pages 307-323
    6. Paul van Els
      Pages 325-340
  5. Daoism in the Wei-Jin Periods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-367
    2. Richard John Lynn
      Pages 369-395
    3. Yuet Keung Lo
      Pages 425-447
    4. June Won Seo
      Pages 449-467
  6. The Various Perspectives on Daoism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 469-469
    2. Xiaogan Liu, Xiaoxin He, Yama Wong
      Pages 471-488
    3. Karyn Lai
      Pages 489-511
    4. Zhihua Yao
      Pages 513-526
    5. Lisa Raphals
      Pages 527-538
    6. Lisa Raphals
      Pages 539-550
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 551-569

About this book


This is the first comprehensive companion to the study of Daoism as a philosophical tradition. It provides a general overview of Daoist philosophy in various thinkers and texts from 6th century BCE to 5th century CE and reflects the latest academic developments in the field. It discusses theoretical and philosophical issues based on rigorous textual and historical investigations and examinations, reflecting both the ancient scholarship and modern approaches and methodologies. The themes include debates on the origin of the Daoism, the authorship and dating of the Laozi, the authorship and classification of chapters in the Zhuangzi, the themes and philosophical arguments in the Laozi and the Zhuangzi, their transformations and developments in Pre-Qin, Han, and Wei-Jin periods, by Huang-Lao school, Heguanzi, Wenzi, Huainanzi, Wang Bi, Guo Xiang, and Worthies in bamboo grove, among others. Each chapter is written by expert(s) and specialist(s) on the topic discussed.


Chinese cosmology Chinese culture Chinese philosophy Comparative studies Daoism philosophical tradition Daoist text Huang Lao-Daoism Taoism philosophical tradition Worthies of the bamboo groves Zhuangzian philosophy anti-Confucian polemic syncretistic hermeneutics

Editors and affiliations

  • Xiaogan Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.Chinese University of Hong Kong Dept. PhilosophyShatin, New TerritoriesHong Kong SAR

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