Abstract

Abstract:

This study argues that the Lao-Zhuang Daoist account of nature provides what can be called (anachronistically) the "Non-Naturalistic Fallacy." "Qualities" and "values" are the products of interaction. "Intrinsic value" does not exist. For the Lao-Zhuang Daoist, committing the "Non-Naturalistic Fallacy" predisposes persons to creating extraneous suff ering in human society. In particular, committing the fallacy bifurcates the experience of nature in such a way that it becomes possible to justify "any means necessary" conduct such as war.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 265-286
Launched on MUSE
2021-03-25
Open Access
No
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