Riding the Wind with Liezi: New Perspectives on the Daoist Classic (Paperback)

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By Ronnie Littlejohn (Editor), Jeffrey Dippmann (Editor)
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The Liezi is the forgotten classic of Daoism. Along with the Laozi (Daodejing) and the Zhuangzi, it's been considered a Daoist masterwork since the mid-eighth century, yet unlike those well-read works, the Liezi is little known and receives scant scholarly attention. Nevertheless, the Liezi is an important text that sheds valuable light on the early history of Daoism, particularly the formative period of sectarian Daoism. We do not know exactly what shape the original text took, but what remains is replete with fantastic characters, whimsical tales, paradoxical aphorisms, and philosophically sophisticated reflection on the nature of the world and humanity's place within it. Ultimately, the Liezi sees the world as one of change and indeterminacy.

Arguing for the Liezi's historical, philosophical, and literary significance, the contributors to this volume offer a fresh look at this text, using contemporary approaches and providing novel insights. The volume is unique in its attention to both philosophical and religious perspectives.

About the Author

Ronnie Littlejohn is Professor of Philosophy at Belmont University and the author of Daoism: An Introduction. Jeffrey Dippmann is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Central Washington University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781438434568
ISBN-10: 1438434561
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2012
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture (Paperback)