Daoist Harmony as a Chinese Worldview

Daoist Harmony as a Chinese Worldview

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Peace on Earth: The Role of Religion in Peace and Conflict Studies


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Thomas Matyók, Maureen Flaherty, Hamdesa Tuso, Jessica Senehi and Sean Byrne



Life or universe is full of harmony produced by Yin and Yang. This chapter attempts to address harmony from a Chinese Daoist perspective in three parts. First, it will introduce Laozi and his philosophical and psychological ideas of Daoism. Second, the authors will focus on the psychology and philosophy of harmony from a Chinese Daoist perspective, which includes the Chinese Yin-Yang oneness and Laozi’s ideas of harmony. Simply speaking, what is meant by Yin and Yang oneness? What do Dao (or Tao) and De (or Te) have to do with us as human beings internally or externally? Is controlling, competition, or fighting an answer to our existence in this world? What can human beings learn from water? Can Daoism help us become more tolerant of each other and appreciate human difference? Finally, there will be a simple conclusion. It will address harmony-related issues (i.e., to minimize human conflict and respect the external/natural world or universe).



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Rowan & Littlefield


Chinese philosophy, conflict studies, Daoism, harmony, peace, worldview


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Daoist Harmony as a Chinese Worldview
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