Ideas of Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu), by Theme

[Chinese, 369 - 286 BCE, Born at Meng, in China. A minor court official.]

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1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 1. Nature of Wisdom
Words of wisdom are precise and clear
1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 7. Despair over Philosophy
Don't even start, let's just stay put
2. Reason / C. Styles of Reason / 1. Dialectic
Disagreement means you do not understand at all
2. Reason / C. Styles of Reason / 3. Eristic
If you beat me in argument, does that mean you are right?
11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 1. Knowledge
Do not try to do things, or to master knowledge; just be empty
13. Knowledge Criteria / D. Scepticism / 5. Dream Scepticism
You know you were dreaming when you wake, but there might then be a greater awakening from that
Did Chuang Tzu dream he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dream he was Chuang Tzu?
16. Persons / E. Rejecting the Self / 4. Denial of the Self
The perfect man has no self
To see with true clarity, your self must be irrelevant
19. Language / A. Nature of Meaning / 10. Denial of Meanings
If words can't be defined, they may just be the chirruping of chicks
19. Language / D. Propositions / 4. Mental Propositions
Words are for meaning, and once you have that you can forget the words
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / d. Courage
Great courage is not violent
27. Natural Reality / G. Biology / 2. Life
As all life is one, what need is there for words?
29. Religion / C. Spiritual Disciplines / 2. Taoism
Go with the flow, and be one with the void of Heaven
Fish forget about each other in the pond and forget each other in the Tao