China History Podcast

Follow the Dao

Part six in the History of Chinese Philosophy podcast series

 

Laszlo gives the subject of Daoism, the Daodejing and the Zhuangzi a fresh makeover, covered before in an old China History Podcast episode from days gone by. The history of Daoism is explored as well as its main characters, Laozi and Zhuangzi, and what they called for in those dark Eastern Zhou times. Daoism is both a philosophy and a religion, but this episode only explores the former. The Xuanxue thinkers Wang Bi, Guo Xiang and Xiang Xiu are also discussed, as well as the Neo-Daoism that evolved in the Han. As Daoism and Confucianism evolved in China, side by side, there was occasionally some interesting overlap. Confucians from here on out actively explored ways to reconcile their philosophy with the other major contending schools of thought, Daoism and Buddhism:

Previous episodes in the series: 
Episode one: The History of Chinese Philosophy
Episode two: There’s Something About Confucius
Episode three: Book of Ch-ch-ch-Changes
Episode four: A Hundred Schools of Thought
Episode five: Follow the Law
Laszlo’s Chinese philosophy infographic, click to view the full size version: