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Asian Philosophy

The Happiness of Fish

The “happiness of fish” refers to a story in the Zhuangzhi, which is a Chinese book (c. 286 BCE), and one of the foundational texts of Taoism. The story consists of a dialog between Chuang Tzu and Hui Tzu, Most...

/ May 31, 2015


The following description of Confucianism is quoted from: “Riegel, Jeffrey, “Confucius”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.). “Confucius (551-479 BCE), according to Chinese tradition, was a thinker, political figure, educator, and founder of the Ru...

/ January 23, 2012

Chuang Tzu

Chuang Tzu was a Taoist philosopher who lived sometime before 250 B.C. From Patricia Ebrey, Chinese Civilization : A Sourcebook, 2d ed. (New York: Free Press, 1993), pp. 28-31: How do I know that enjoying life is not a delusion?...

/ November 20, 2011

Tao Te Ching

The following introduction is from the Tao Te Ching, Translation by Gia Fu Feng & Jane English. With Comments and layout by Thomas Knierim: “The Tao Te Ching  was written in China roughly 2,500 years ago at about the same...

/ November 17, 2011