Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothingness

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David Chai
SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
  • Albany, NY: 
    State University of New York Press
    , January
     2019.
     216 pages.
     $85.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781438472676.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Justin Lipscomb forthcoming.

Description

Explores the cosmological and metaphysical thought in the Zhuangzi from the perspective of nothingness.

Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothingness offers a radical rereading of the Daoist classic Zhuangzi by bringing to light the role of nothingness in grounding the cosmological and metaphysical aspects of its thought. Through a careful analysis of the text and its appended commentaries, David Chai reveals not only how nothingness physically enriches the myriad things of the world, but also why the Zhuangzi prefers nothingness over being as a means to expound the authentic way of Dao. Chai weaves together Dao, nothingness, and being in order to reassess the nature and significance of Daoist philosophy, both within its own historical milieu and for modern readers interested in applying the principles of Daoism to their own lived experiences. Chai concludes that nothingness is neither a nihilistic force nor an existential threat; instead, it is a vital component of Dao’s creative power and the life-praxis of the sage.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

David Chai is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
 

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