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Article: Wandering the Way: A Eudaimonistic Approach to the Zhuangzi

TitleWandering the Way: A Eudaimonistic Approach to the Zhuangzi
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherSpringer Netherlands. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.springerlink.com/content/1540-3009/
Citation
Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, 2014, v. 13 n. 4, p. 541-565 How to Cite?
AbstractThe paper develops a eudaimonistic reading of the Zhuāngzǐ 莊子 on which the characteristic feature of a well-lived life is the exercise of dé 德 (potency, virtuosity) in a general mode of activity labeled yóu 遊 (wandering). I argue that the Zhuāngzǐ presents a second-order conception of agents’ flourishing in which the life of dé is not devoted to predetermined substantive ends or activities with a specific substantive content. Rather, it is marked by a distinctive manner of activity and certain characteristic attitudes. Zhuangist eudaimonism differs from virtue ethics, I suggest, since dé is not moral virtue nor is it normatively basic. The paper discusses textual evidence that the Zhuāngzǐ presents eudaimonistic ideals, develops the Zhuangist conception of “wandering” in detail, and explores connections between wandering and the Zhuangist interest in skill. It surveys the justification for Zhuangist eudaimonism and sketches how the wandering ideal affects the substantive content of a good life.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/187892
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.274

 

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dc.contributor.authorFraser, CJen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-21T07:18:58Z-
dc.date.available2013-08-21T07:18:58Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationDao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, 2014, v. 13 n. 4, p. 541-565en_US
dc.identifier.issn1540-3009-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/187892-
dc.description.abstractThe paper develops a eudaimonistic reading of the Zhuāngzǐ 莊子 on which the characteristic feature of a well-lived life is the exercise of dé 德 (potency, virtuosity) in a general mode of activity labeled yóu 遊 (wandering). I argue that the Zhuāngzǐ presents a second-order conception of agents’ flourishing in which the life of dé is not devoted to predetermined substantive ends or activities with a specific substantive content. Rather, it is marked by a distinctive manner of activity and certain characteristic attitudes. Zhuangist eudaimonism differs from virtue ethics, I suggest, since dé is not moral virtue nor is it normatively basic. The paper discusses textual evidence that the Zhuāngzǐ presents eudaimonistic ideals, develops the Zhuangist conception of “wandering” in detail, and explores connections between wandering and the Zhuangist interest in skill. It surveys the justification for Zhuangist eudaimonism and sketches how the wandering ideal affects the substantive content of a good life.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Netherlands. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.springerlink.com/content/1540-3009/-
dc.relation.ispartofDao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophyen_US
dc.rightsThe original publication is available at www.springerlink.com-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleWandering the Way: A Eudaimonistic Approach to the Zhuangzien_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailFraser, CJ: fraser@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityFraser, CJ=rp01221en_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11712-014-9402-1-
dc.identifier.hkuros218276en_US
dc.identifier.volume13-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage541-
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