Care of the Dead

The early Chinese philosophers argued heatedly about how to care for the dead.  In this unit, three of the most distinctive views of the period are presented.  These can be treated together but also easily break apart for smaller lessons or units with other materials.

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’.

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