Daoism, dao, and metaphor

Texts and Courses

Primary Texts

  • Daodejing, ch.1

Secondary Texts for Instructor

  • Victoria Harrison, ‘Seeing the dao: Conceptual metaphors and the philosophy of religion’, Religious Studies 51 (2015): 307-322.

Suggested Courses

  • TBD


Daoism is the philosophy of the Way (dao), but an immediate problem is that, as the famous opening lines of the Daodejing tells us, dao ‘cannot be spoken of’.

Lynching, the Milgram Experiments, and the Question of Whether "Human Nature Is Good"

Texts and Courses

Primary Texts

  • Allen, James, Hilton Als, John Lewis, and Leon F. Litwack (2000).  Without sanctuary: Lynching photography in America.  Santa Fe: Twin Palms.  Pp. 8-16, 173-176, 178-180, 184-185, 187-190, 194-196, 198, 201 (text only), and plates #20, 25, 31, 37-38, 54, 57, 62-65, 74, and 97.
  • Wells-Barnett, Ida B. (1892/2002).  On lynchings.  Ed. P.H. Collins.  Amherst, NY: Humanity.  Pp. 42-46.
  • Mengzi (3rd c. BCE/1970).  Trans. B.W. Van Norden.  Indianapolis: Hackett.  1A7, 1B5, 1B11, 2A2 (p.
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