A Journey of Transformative Living: A Female Daoist Reflection

Part of the Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences book series (WHPS, volume 3)


By presenting the original works of female Daoist Cao Wenyi 曹文逸 (1039–1115) from the Song dynasty, this essay will examine how reality and human life were understood and what method was used by this female practitioner of Dao. Thus, this study might become a link for the cross-fertilization between the more abstract fields of philosophy and the concrete methodology of the study of women thinkers, leading to a comprehensive scheme for a better understanding of women’s contribution to our knowledge in a global setting. In other words, the case of this female Daoist will invite us to a further methodological reflection: What does it mean to read those forgotten, marginalized women philosophers? How does it change philosophy? What do we learn from their thoughts and experiences?


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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyLoyola Marymount University, One LMU Dr.Los AngelesUSA

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