Life, liberty, and the pursuit of Dao : ancient Chinese thought in modern American life / Sam Crane.Material type: TextSeries: Blackwell public philosophy ; 13.Publication details: Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom : Wiley Blackwell, 2013Description: 1 online resource (xi, 201 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781118323717; 1118323718; 9781118323731; 1118323734Other title: Ancient Chinese thought in modern American lifeSubject(s): Philosophy, Confucian | Taoist philosophy | United States -- Social conditions -- 21st century | United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century | PHILOSOPHY -- Eastern | Philosophy, Confucian | Politics and government | Social conditions | Taoist philosophy | United States | 2000-2099Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of Dao.DDC classification: 181/.112 LOC classification: B127.C65Online resources: Wiley Online Library
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Online resource; title from PDF title page (Wiley, viewed on September 13, 2013).
This highly original work introduces the ideas and arguments of the ancient Chinese philosophies of Confucianism and Daoism to some of the most intractable social issues of modern American life, including abortion, gay marriage, and assisted suicide. Introduces the precepts of ancient Chinese philosophers to issues they could not have anticipatedRelates Daoist and Confucian ideas to problems across the arc of modern human life, from birth to deathProvides general readers with a fascinating introduction to Chinese philosophy, and its continued relevance.
Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chapter 1 Key Concepts of Confucianism and Daoism; An ancient Chinese sensibility; Confucianism; Daoism; Notes; Chapter 2 Birth; Confucianism on the beginning of life and abortion; Daoism on the beginning of life and abortion; Confucianism and Daoism on in vitro fertilization; Confucianism and Daoism on stem cell research; Notes; Chapter 3 Childhood; Confucian childhood; Daoist childhood; Confucian and Daoist parenting; When children do bad; Notes; Chapter 4 Work; Confucians and work; Daoists and work; Notes.
Chapter 5 Marriage and FamilyConfucians on marriage and family; Daoists on marriage and family; Same-sex marriage?; Confucian and Daoist understandings of divorce; Notes; Chapter 6 Public and Political Life; Confucian leadership; Daoist leadership; The question of democracy; Notes; Chapter 7 End of Life; Confucianism on death and dying; Daoism on death and dying; Mourning; Notes; Index.