Skill and mastery : philosophical stories from the Zhuangzi

Karyn LAI (Editor), Wai Wai CHIU (Editor)

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Abstract

Skill and Mastery: Philosophical Stories from the Zhuangzi presents an illuminating analysis of skill stories from the Zhuangzi, a 4th century BCE Daoist text. In this intriguing text that subverts conventional norms and pursuits, ordinary activities such as swimming, cicada-catching and wheelmaking are executed with such remarkable efficacy and spontaneity that they seem like magical feats. An international team of scholars explores these stories in their philosophical, historical and political contexts. Their analyses’ highlight the stories’underlying conceptions of agency, character and cultivation; and relevance to contemporary debates on human action and experience. The result is a valuable collection, opening up new lines of inquiry in comparative East-West philosophical debates on skill, cultivation and mastery, as well as cross-disciplinary debates in psychology, cognitive science and philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRowman & Littlefield
Number of pages308
ISBN (Electronic)9781786609144
ISBN (Print)9781786609120, 9781786609137
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameCEACOP East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics and Philosophy of Law
PublisherRowman & Littlefield

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  • Research Output

    • 2 Book Chapter

    Skilful Performances and the Zhuangzi's Lessons on Orientation

    CHIU, W. W., 15 Jul 2019, Skill and Mastery : Philosophical Stories from the Zhuangzi. LAI, K. & CHIU, W. W. (eds.). Rowman & Littlefield, p. 3-14 (CEACOP East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics and Philosophy of Law).

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  • The forger: the use of things

    CHIU, W. W., 15 Jul 2019, Skill and mastery : philosophical stories from the Zhuangzi. LAI, K. & CHIU, W. W. (eds.). Rowman & Littlefield, p. 259-277 (CEACOP East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics and Philosophy of Law).

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  • Cite this

    LAI, K., & CHIU, W. W. (Eds.) (2019). Skill and mastery : philosophical stories from the Zhuangzi. (CEACOP East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics and Philosophy of Law). Rowman & Littlefield.