Daoism and Ecology: Ways within a Cosmic Landscape

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Until now, no single work has been devoted to both a scholarly understanding of the complexities of the Daoist tradition and a critical exploration of its contribution to recent environmental concerns. The authors in this volume consider the intersection of Daoism and ecology, looking at the theoretical and historical implications associated with a Daoist approach to the environment. They also analyze perspectives found in Daoist religious texts and within the larger Chinese cultural context in order to delineate key issues found in the classical texts. Through these analyses, they assess the applicability of modern-day Daoist thought and practice in China and the West, with respect to the contemporary ecological situation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945454304
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Religions of the World and Ecology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

N. J. Girardot is University Distinguished Professor of Religion at Lehigh University.

James Miller is Associate Professor of Chinese Religions, Queen's University.

Liu Xiaogan is Professor of Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface Lawrence E. Sullivan
  • Series Foreword Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
  • Note on the Romanization of Chinese Terms
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction N. J. Girardot, James Miller and Liu Xiaogan
  • Prologue: The Calabash Scrolls Stephen L. Field

I. Framing the Issues
  • "Daoism" and "Deep Ecology": Fantasy and Potentiality Jordan Paper
  • Ecological Questions for Daoist Thought: Contemporary Issues and Ancient Texts Joanne D. Birdwhistell
  • "Nature" as Part of Human Culture in Daoism Michael LaFargue
  • Daoism and the Quest for Order Terry F. Kleeman
  • Sectional Discussion: What Can Daoism Contribute to Ecology? James Miller

II. Ecological Readings of Daoist Texts
  • Daoist Ecology: The Inner Transformation. A Study of the Precepts of the Early Daoist Ecclesia Kristofer Schipper
  • The Daoist Concept of Central Harmony in the Scripture of Great Peace: Human Responsibility for the Maladies of Nature Chi-tim Lai
  • "Mutual Stealing among the Three Powers" in the Scripture of Unconscious Unification Zhang Jiyu and Li Yuanguo
  • Ingesting the Marvelous: The Practitioner's Relationship to Nature According to Ge Hong Robert Ford Campany
  • Sectional Discussion: What Ecological Themes Are Found in Daoist Texts? James Miller, Richard G. Wang, and Edward Davis

III. Daoism and Ecology in a Cultural Context
  • Flowering Apricot: Environmental Practice, Folk Religion, and Daoism E. N. Anderson
  • In Search of Dragons: The Folk Ecology of Fengshui Stephen L. Field
  • An Introductory Study on Daoist Notions of Wilderness Thomas H. Hahn
  • Salvation in the Garden: Daoism and Ecology Jeffrey F. Meyer
  • Sectional Discussion: How Successfully Can We Apply the Concepts of Ecology to Daoist Cultural Contexts? John Patterson and James Miller

IV. Toward a Daoist Environmental Philosophy
  • From Reference to Deference: Daoism and the Natural World David L. Hall
  • The Local and the Focal in Realizing a Daoist World Roger T. Ames
  • "Responsible Non-Action" in a Natural World: Perspectives from the Neiye, Zhuangzi, and Daode jing Russell Kirkland
  • Metic Intelligence or Responsible Non-Action? Further Reflections on the Zhuangzi, Daode jing, and Neiye Lisa Raphals
  • Non-Action and the Environment Today: A Conceptual and Applied Study of Laozi's Philosophy Liu Xiaogan
  • Sectional Discussion: What Are the Speculative Implications of Early Daoist Texts for an Environmental Ethics? Russell B. Goodman with James Miller

V. Practical Ecological Concerns in Contemporary Daoism
  • Respecting the Environment, or Visualizing Highest Clarity James Miller
  • A Declaration of the Chinese Daoist Association on Global Ecology Zhang Jiyu
  • Change Starts Small: Daoist Practice and the Ecology of Individual Lives. A Roundtable Discussion with Liu Ming, René Navarro, Linda Varone, Vincent Chu, Daniel Seitz, and Weidong Lu Compiled by Livia Kahn
  • Daoist Environmentalism in the West: Ursula K. Le Gum's Reception and Transmission of Daoism Jonathan R. Herman
  • Sectional Discussion: Daoism—A Vital Tradition for the Contemporary Ecological Consciousness James Miller

  • Epilogue: Dao Song Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Bibliography on Daoism and Ecology James Miller, Jorge Highland, and Liu Xiaogan with Belle B. L. Tan and Zhong Hongzhi
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Glossary of Chinese Characters
  • Index

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