Zhuangzi and Normative Ethics
Dr Fraser, Christopher James (Principal investigator)
Zhuangzi, Daoism, ethics, particularism
Humanities & Social Sciences (H)
RGC General Research Fund (GRF)
HKU Project Code
General Research Fund (GRF)
1) Develop and defend an interpretation of the constructive alternative to conventional normative ethics presented in Zhuangzi passages bearing on interaction between agents; 2) Articulate the Zhuangist conception of the normatively good individual life and explain how it complements the Zhuangist approach to interaction with others; 3) Elucidate and critically evaluate the psychological views that support the Zhuangist normative stance; 4) Critically evaluate the overall plausibility and the strengths and weaknesses of Zhuangist ethics; 5) Situate the ethics of the Zhuangzi with respect to contemporary philosophical ethics.