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Assignment 3 Course Journal By James Peavoy 981193260 For McMurtry Chinese Philosophy April 10 2000 Wishing to establish his own character the sage establishes the character of others Analects 628 The sage leads by example When the sage is a picture of virtue then others will follow The Tao that can be told of is not the eternal Tao The Lao Tzu ch 1 The Tao is the eternal way of the universe and language is inadequate to describe it The word Tao is no more the actual original Tao than a pointing hand is the sky Is it not because he has no personal interests that his personal interests are fulfilled Tao-te Ching ch 7 By having no personal interests one is acting in accordance with the eternal way of the Tao and thereby all of his needs are being met The right is an infinity The Chuang Tzu A the Equality of Things ch 2 Everything is right Everything is wrong Only because we distinguish them from one another do they exist Language again is what is obscuring the Taos true sense Wang Yang-Mings concept of knowledge is that the extension of this knowledge is through the investigation of things Also because all innate knowledge is of the good then through the investigation of thing one can get rid of evil The Taoist concept of wu-wei is simply means non-being This does not mean inactivity but rather taking no action that is contrary to Nature in other words letting Nature take its course The Problem of Evil Mencius Mencius believes that Human Nature is originally good Since man is originally good it follows that he possesses the innate knowledge of the good and innate ability to do good Mencius 7A15 that if one develops his mind to the utmost
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