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The Relationship between Authority and Authenticity in the Laozi: Employing Wu無as a Philosophical Framework
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Seeing and Hearing in the Laozi and Zhuangzi and the Question of Authority and Authenticity

Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, 22100 Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Religions 2019, 10(3), 155; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030155
Received: 5 January 2019 / Revised: 21 February 2019 / Accepted: 27 February 2019 / Published: 4 March 2019
The present paper investigates the significance of visual and auditory metaphors as used in the main Daoist classics the Laozi 老子 and Zhuangzi 莊子. While both works disparage the role of the senses, they nonetheless employ a large number of metaphors related to the sense experience. It is the contention of the author that examining these metaphors against the backdrop of the main modern theories dealing with characteristics of vision and hearing is crucial for a better understanding of how the authors of both works envisioned the ideal relation between man and the Way (dao 道) as well as their views on authority and authenticity. View Full-Text
Keywords: seeing; hearing; grasping; heedfulness; authenticity; authority; Laozi; Zhuangzi seeing; hearing; grasping; heedfulness; authenticity; authority; Laozi; Zhuangzi
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Fech, A. Seeing and Hearing in the Laozi and Zhuangzi and the Question of Authority and Authenticity. Religions 2019, 10, 155. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030155

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Fech A. Seeing and Hearing in the Laozi and Zhuangzi and the Question of Authority and Authenticity. Religions. 2019; 10(3):155. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030155

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Fech, Andrej. 2019. "Seeing and Hearing in the Laozi and Zhuangzi and the Question of Authority and Authenticity" Religions 10, no. 3: 155. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030155

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