Hans-Georg Moeller: "On the Health/Sickness and Strength/Weakness Distinction in Ancient Daoist Philosophy"

Hans-Georg Moeller (University College Cork): "On the 'Dialectics' of Health/Sickness and Strength/Weakness Distinction in Ancient Daoist Philosophy". Listen to the talk here.

This paper explores the semantically ambiguous distinctions health/sickness and strength/weakness in ancient Daoist texts. I will introduce and discuss several images in the Daodejing (Laozi) and allegories in the Zhuangzi which illustrate the often paradoxical reversals of these qualities, and then outline their philosophical significance.