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Effortless Action Wu-Wei As Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China

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ISBN-10: 0195314875

ISBN-13: 9780195314878

Edition: 2003

Authors: Edward Slingerland

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This book presents a systematic account of the role of the personal spiritual ideal of wu-wei--literally "no doing," but better rendered as "effortless action"--in early Chinese thought. Edward Slingerland's analysis shows that wu-wei represents the most general of a set of conceptual metaphors having to do with a state of effortless ease and unself-consciousness. This concept of effortlessness, he contends, serves as a common ideal for both Daoist and Confucian thinkers. He also argues that this concept contains within itself a conceptual tension that motivates the development of early Chinese thought: the so-called "paradox of wu-wei," or the question of how one can consciously "try not…    
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Book details

List price: $75.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/24/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 9.21" wide x 6.14" long x 0.76" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English