Explorations in Authority in the Daodejing: A Daoist Engagement with Hannah Arendt
AbstractThe present study is an attempt to liberate the thought of the Daodejing from the constraints imposed on it by both traditional Confucian exegesis and modern Western sinological methodologies in the effort to engage the thought of the work more directly. Because the language and thought of the Daodejing are somehow oddly foreign to the Western traditions of analytic philosophy and sinology, this study attempts to make the Daodejing more familiar by recourse to the tradition of continental philosophy, in this case by taking recourse to Hannah Arendt and in particular to her seminal essay on authority. Engaging Arendt’s understanding of authority, this study offers a new look at the thought of the Daodejing by discussing issues that lie at the heart of its political vision, including natural versus political authority, power and coercion, and the relation between authority, tradition, and religion. This study also attempts to situate the fate of the Daodejing’s conception of authority in Chinese political history, and it concludes with a brief look at the contemporary comparative philosophical project that brings the Daodejing into conversation with continental philosophy. View Full-Text
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Michael, T. Explorations in Authority in the Daodejing: A Daoist Engagement with Hannah Arendt. Religions 2018, 9, 378.
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Michael, Thomas. 2018. "Explorations in Authority in the Daodejing: A Daoist Engagement with Hannah Arendt." Religions 9, no. 12: 378.
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