Ideas from 'The Book of Chuang Tzu' by Chuang Tzu [350 BCE], by Theme Structure

[found in 'The Book of Chuang Tzu' by Chuang Tzu (ed/tr Palmer,M /Breuilly,E) [Penguin 1996,0-14-019488-6]].

Click on the Idea Number for the full details    |     back to texts     |     expand these ideas


1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 1. Nature of Wisdom
Words of wisdom are precise and clear
1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 6. Despair over Philosophy
Don't even start, let's just stay put
2. Reason / C. Styles of Reason / 1. Dialectic
Disagreement means you do not understand at all
2. Reason / C. Styles of Reason / 3. Eristic
If you beat me in argument, does that mean you are right?
7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 4. Existence as One
As all life is one, what need is there for words?
11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 1. Knowledge
Do not try to do things, or to master knowledge; just be empty
13. Knowledge Criteria / D. Scepticism / 5. Dream Scepticism
Did Chuang Tzu dream he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dream he was Chuang Tzu?
16. Persons / B. Concept of the Self / 6. Denial of the Self
The perfect man has no self
To see with true clarity, your self must irrelevant
19. Language / B. Meaning / 12. Denial of Meanings
If words can't be defined, they may just be the chirruping of chicks
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / d. Courage
Great courage is not violent
29. Religion / D. Spiritual Disciplines / 2. Taoism
Fish forget about each other in the pond and forget each other in the Tao
Go with the flow, and be one with the void of Heaven