The Phenomenon of Daoism in Chinese Civilization

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TitleThe Phenomenon of Daoism in Chinese Civilization
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsJuzefovic, A.
Pagination172 - 182
Date Published2009
PublisherVersita, Warsaw, Poland
ISBN Number2029-0187, 2029-0187
Keywords*Asia, *Authorship, *Peoples Republic of China, *Rituals, *Traditions, 0513: culture and social structure; culture (kinship, forms of social organization, social cohesion & integration, & social representations), Antirationalism, Chinese culture, Daodejing, Daoism, transformations, Zhuangzi, article

In this article Daoism is analyzed in the context of Chinese culture. It is demonstrated how the ideas of Daoism were shaped and matured in the Chinese civilization and how they reflect the peculiarities of the civilization of Eastern Asia and China. The author revives the genealogy and authorship of the main works of the Daoists (Daodejing, Zhuangzi) and analyzes their influence on the development of Daoism tradition during later periods. It is argued that Daoism was formed as the reaction towards the crisis of old Zhou culture and feeding degradation of Confucian rituals followed by the ruling circles. Different correlations are emphasized between the development of Chinese civilization and the maturation and transformation of Daoists' ideas. It is demonstrated that Daoism is a natural product of its epoch and society; thus, it could not be dissociated from common Chinese cultural, religious and philosophical context, but rather analyzed together with it. Finally, the discussion is held on the anti-rationality, sceptical view towards mind and logical argumentation. Adapted from the source document.