IIAS Lunch Lecture

Dao/Tao: What? or How?

In this Lunch Lecture IIAS fellow Dr Ping Wang looks at Dao as refracted through the lenses  provided by Guo Xiang (252? – 312).

Daoist texts, like Confucian classics, have survived the passage of time not to mention the vicissitudes of recurring social upheaval and changing philosophical fashions over millennia.  Many philosophers and scholars throughout Chinese history have contributed to the dissemination of  Daoist  philosophy.  My current book project is a study of Guo Xiang Commentary to the Zhuangzi (Zhuangzi zhu 《庄子注》), the most  influential version of Zhuangzi.  Through the lenses provided by Guo Xiang,  we can see how Daoism, one of the three main strands of thought, have coexisted and grown with Confucianism and Buddhism. This talk, through the examination of Guo’s interpretation of “Dao” and other related concepts in philosophical and historical exegeses, attempts to demonstrate how Guo Xiang sought to synthesize Confucian ethics within the Daoist philosophy.

Every third Wednesday of the month one of the IIAS researchers will present his/her work-in-progress in an informal setting to their colleagues and other interested attendees, followed by a lunch provided by IIAS. These lunch lectures are organized to give the research community the opportunity to freely discuss ongoing research and to exchange thoughts.

Lunch is provided. Please register using the form below.