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DAOIST PRESENTATION AND PERSUASION

Wandering among Zhuangzi's Kinds of Language

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Abstract:

ABSTRACT

A concern central to virtually all full-blooded instances of religious ethics is how persuasively to represent a world central to our fulfillment that far exceeds our normal understanding. The treatment of three kinds of language in an early Daoist text, the Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu), contains an especially profound discussion and expression of such persuasive presentations in religious ethics. This study examines it and concludes by viewing Dante's Commedia through the perspectives Zhuangzi's ideas and practices present.

Keywords: Dante; Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu); genre; persuasion; religious ethics; representation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9795.2005.00232.x

Publication date: 2005-09-01

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