Warp, Weft, and Way

Chinese and Comparative Philosophy 中國哲學與比較哲學

A Certain Butcher?

The butcher Ding cuts up an ox with the grace of a ritual performer and in the process shows us how to take care of life—or so suggests Book 3 of the Zhuangzi. A fair number of scholars have taken this to be the text’s intended solution to the worries of Book 2. We may not be able to tell right from wrong in some ultimate sense, but we can achieve a kind of local certainty by taking care of life in the course of skilled activity.

But as with sagely gestures elsewhere in the Zhuangzi, there are reasons to hesitate. Foremost among them is the fact that in Book 2 itself we find comments about three skilled masters that seem to take up essentially the same worries that the butcher’s skilled activity supposedly solves. Continue reading “A Certain Butcher?”

March 4, 2011 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Daoism, Zhuangzi | 11 comments

TOC Asian Philosophy 21:1

Here follow full citations and abstracts to the latest issue of Asian Philosophy, including Chris Fraser’s “Emotion and Agency in Zhuāngzi” and for those interested in the “morality vs. prudence” thread, Wong Wai-ying’s “The Moral and Non-Moral Virtues in Confucian Ethics,” among others. Continue reading “TOC Asian Philosophy 21:1”

March 4, 2011 Posted by | Tables of Contents | no comments