chapter  3
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Wuwei, responsive attunement, and generative nature

ByEric S. Nelson

The present chapter provides an overview of early conceptions of wuwei, focusing in particular on Daoist interpretations expressed in the Laozi and the Zhuangzi and their potential significance as an ecological ethos and model for praxis. The “non-action” of wuwei is reimagined in this context as a cultivated responsive attunement in the midst of the things and the generative transpiring of nature in contrast to neutral indifference, action-minimalism, or pure spontaneity.