From the Dream of the Butterfly to the Fishnet Allegory
By Hans-Georg Moeller
Paperback. 160 pages
"Daoism Explained" offers an interpretation of the tenets of Daoist philosophy on the basis of the imagery employed in various Daoist texts. The author explains the significance of such images as water and the female and allegories such as the "Dream of the Butterfly," and shows how they connect to each other and how ancient Chinese philosophers understood them. The book also sheds new light on many important allegories by showing how modern translations often conceal the wit and humor of the Chinese original. Written for those who are interested in Asian beliefs and religions as well as for specialists in the field of comparative and Chinese philosophy, "Daoism Explained" is a comprehensive and fascinating -- yet easy-to-follow -- introduction to Daoist thought.
Hans-Georg Moelleris SeniorLecturer in the Department of Philosophy at UniversityCollege Cork, Ireland.