By Hans-Georg Moeller,Paul J. D'Ambrosio
With humor and parody, the Zhuangzi exposes the Confucian call for to decide to socially built norms as pretense and hypocrisy. The Confucian pursuit of sincerity establishes exemplary versions that one is meant to emulate. against this, the Zhuangzi parodies such commemorated representations of knowledge and deconstructs the very thought of sagehood. as an alternative, it urges a playful, skillful, and unattached engagement with socially mandated tasks and duties. The Zhuangzi expounds the Daoist paintings of what Moeller and D’Ambrosio name “genuine pretending”: the paradoxical ability of not just surviving yet thriving via enacting social roles with out being tricked into filing to them or permitting them to outline one’s identification. A provocative rereading of a chinese language philosophical vintage, Genuine Pretending also indicates the price of a Daoist outlook at the present time as a manner of looking existential sanity in an age of mass media’s paradoxical quest for originality.
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Genuine Pretending: On the Philosophy of the Zhuangzi by Hans-Georg Moeller,Paul J. D'Ambrosio