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標題: On the Relation between "The Metaphysical Dao" and "Wu-wei Practice" in the First Chapter of the Laozi
作者: Siu Chun-Sing
關鍵字: 《老子》首章;形上之道;無為工夫;First Chapter of the Laozi;Metaphysical Dao;Wu-wei Practice
出版社: 政治大學
Project: 政治大學哲學學報, Volume 36, Page(s) 69-111.

As the core of Laozi's metaphysics, as scholars put it, the first chapter of the Laozi has been widely seen as making an assertion that the metaphysical Dao creates the myriad things, which not only explains why the universe exists, but also refers to issues including the essence of the Dao, the limit of language, the range of empirical knowledge, as well as the basis of how a ruler governs his or her country. Such a complexity enlightens scholars who have interpreted the first chapter of the Laozi from different approaches, approaches that are ontological, epistemological, political, or even pertaining to the theory of truth, respectively. This article, based on the researches as mentioned, attempts to provide a new interpretation that besides pertaining to the metaphysical Dao and its characters, the four key concepts in the first chapter, namely, dao, ming, yu, and xuan, also refer to so-called wu-wei practice or action with acting held by Laozi. In short, this article aims at combining the metaphysics in the first chapter with Laozi's thought of wu-wei, clarifying how Laozi defines the relation between the metaphysical Dao and the wu-wei practice.
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