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    Effortless Action: Wu-Wei as Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China.Edward Gilman Slingerland - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
    This book presents a systematic account of the role of the personal spiritual ideal of wu-wei--literally "no doing," but better rendered as "effortless action"--in early Chinese thought. Edward Slingerland's analysis shows that wu-wei represents the most general of a set of conceptual metaphors having to do with a state of effortless ease and unself-consciousness. This concept of effortlessness, he contends, serves as a common ideal for both Daoist and Confucian thinkers. He also argues that this concept contains within itself a (...)
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    Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity.Edward Gilman Slingerland - 2014 - New York: Broadway Books.
    Exploring the power of spontaneity, an ancient Chinese virtue, this book, based on new research in psychology and neuroscience, reveals why it is essential to individual and societal well-being.
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    Analects: With Selections From Traditional Commentaries. Confucius & Edward Gilman Slingerland - 2003 - Hackett Publishing Company.
    This edition goes beyond others that largely leave readers to their own devices in understanding this cryptic work, by providing an entrée into the text that parallels the traditional Chinese way of approaching it: alongside Slingerland's exquisite rendering of the work are his translations of a selection of classic Chinese commentaries that shed light on difficult passages, provide historical and cultural context, and invite the reader to ponder a range of interpretations. The ideal student edition, this volume also includes a (...)
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  4. Conceptions of the Self in the Zhuangzi: Conceptual Metaphor Analysis and Comparative Thought.Edward Gilman Slingerland - 2004 - Philosophy East and West 54 (3):322 - 342.
    The purpose here is to explore metaphorical conceptions of the self in a fourth century B.C.E. Chinese text, the Zhuangzi, from the perspective of cognitive linguistics and the contemporary theory of metaphor. It is argued that the contemporary theory of metaphor provides scholars with an exciting new theoretical grounding for the study of comparative thought, as well as a concrete methodology for undertaking the comparative project. What is seen when the Zhuangzi is examined from the perspective of metaphor theory is (...)
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  5. The Essential Analects: Selected Passages with Traditional Commentary. Confucius & Edward Gilman Slingerland - 2006 - Hackett Publishing Company.
    _The Essential Analects_ offers a representative selection from Edward Slingerland's acclaimed translation of the full work, including passages covering all major themes. An appendix of selected traditional commentaries keyed to each passage provides access to the text and to its reception and interpretation. Also included are a glossary of terms and short biographies of the disciples of Confucius and the traditional commentators cited.
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    Chinese Thought From an Evolutionary Perspective. [REVIEW]Edward Gilman Slingerland - 2007 - Philosophy East and West 57 (3):375 - 388.
  7. Effortless Action: Wu-Wei as a Spiritual Ideal in Early China.Edward Gilman Slingerland - 1998 - Dissertation, Stanford University
    This dissertation has two major theses. The first is that the concept of "wu-wei" serves as a spiritual ideal for a group of five pre-Qin thinkers--Confucius, Laozi, Mencius, Zhuangzi and Xunzi--who share what might be called the "mainstream" Chinese worldview, and that this concept serves as a soteriological goal and spiritual ideal that cannot be understood except within the context of this worldview. More specifically, this worldview is primarily characterized by the belief that there is a normative order to the (...)
     
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    Review of Material Virtue: Ethics and the Body in Early China by Mark Csikszentmihalyi. [REVIEW]Edward Gilman Slingerland - 2006 - Philosophy East and West 56 (4):694-699.
    The turn to descriptive studies of ethics is inspired by the sense that our ethical theorizing needs to engage ethnography, history, and literature in order to address the full complexity of ethical life. This article examines four books that describe the cultivation of virtue in diverse cultural contexts, two concerning early China and two concerning Islam in recent years. All four emphasize the significance of embodiment, and they attend to the complex ways in which choice and agency interact with the (...)
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