Abstract

This essay examines two stories in Zhuangzi chapter 6 that provide detailsabout the formal, substantive, and applied features of friendship between daoadepts. Using a template of seven characteristics, dao adept friendship is thencompared with ren adept friendship, described in the Analects and theMencius. It is argued that dao living contains features of friendship that arecomparably robust. As unconventional as dao adept living may be, friendshipis not lacking but integral to such a life.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 318-336
Launched on MUSE
2008-07-16
Open Access
No
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