chapter  1
23 Pages

Introduction

Early Daoist ethics and the philosophy of nature
ByEric S. Nelson

This initial chapter outlines the point of departure, contexts, and questions of the subsequent chapters of this work, offering a preliminary sketch of the idea and varieties of Daoism and relativizing the overly static distinction between philosophical and religious Daoism. It proposes elucidating the varieties of early Daoist discourses in a philosophical way to reimagine a Daoist-inflected environmental philosophy and political ecology of nourishing life, attunement and responsive action, and emptiness on the basis of early Daoist sources in relation to our present interpretive and social-political situation and in response to contemporary ecological crisis-tendencies.