Abstract

Abstract:

This essay articulates a model of 'philosophical therapy' in the Zhuangzi by demonstrating methodological as well as conceptual affinities that the text shares with the widespread therapeutic traditions of yangsheng 養生. Where, in the medical context, therapeutic tools are used to administer cures for physical pathologies, the Zhuangzi develops a unique diagnostic framework centered on the pathology of knowledge (zhi 知) and enumerates a set of dialectical strategies for a therapeutic response. Such a philosophical regimen is arguably the most telling feature of the text's unique approach to 'nourishing life'.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 431-450
Launched on MUSE
2021-03-25
Open Access
No
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