Freedom's Frailty
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Freedom's Frailty

Self-Realization in the Neo-Daoist Philosophy of Guo Xiang's Zhuangzhi

Christine Abigail L. Tan

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Freedom's Frailty

Self-Realization in the Neo-Daoist Philosophy of Guo Xiang's Zhuangzhi

Christine Abigail L. Tan

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This book starts with the radical premise that the most coherent way to read the Zhuangzi is through Guo Xiang (d. 312 CE), the classic Daoist text's first and most important commentator, and that the best way to read Guo Xiang is politically. Offering an investigation of the notions of causality, self, freedom, and its political implications, the book provides a comprehensive account of freedom that is both ontological and political, using Guo's notion of self-realization (?? zide ). This is a conception of freedom that introduces a "dependence-based autonomy, " in which freedom is something we achieve and realize through our connection to others. The notion that a subject is born with freedom—and that one can return to it by isolating oneself from others—would be a strange idea not just to Guo but to most Chinese philosophers. Rather, freedom is complex and frail, and only the kind of freedom that is collectively attained through radical dependence can be worth having. In sum, the book makes a new contribution to Chinese philosophical scholarship as well as philosophical debates on freedom.

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Citation styles for Freedom's Frailty

APA 6 Citation

Tan, C. A. (2024). Freedom’s Frailty ([edition unavailable]). SUNY Press. Retrieved from (Original work published 2024)

Chicago Citation

Tan, Christine Abigail. (2024) 2024. Freedom’s Frailty. [Edition unavailable]. SUNY Press.

Harvard Citation

Tan, C. A. (2024) Freedom’s Frailty. [edition unavailable]. SUNY Press. Available at: (Accessed: 16 June 2024).

MLA 7 Citation

Tan, Christine Abigail. Freedom’s Frailty. [edition unavailable]. SUNY Press, 2024. Web. 16 June 2024.