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Talk “Negative Ethics in Daoism” by Hans-Georg Moeller (Cork) at Bogazici, Thursday May 10th, 5-7pm

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Hans-Georg Moeller (University College Cork) wil give a talk on “Negative Ethics in Daoism” on Thursday May 10th, from 5-7pm in TB130

Abstract: In this paper I will discuss criticisms of morality found in the Daodejing (and other Daoist texts). I will point out how Daoist philosophy can be used for establishing a “negative ethics”, i.e. a critical reflection on the potential pathologies of intensely moral communication and thought and the harm it may inflict on individuals and society. I will defend the Daoist model of “moral foolishness.”

There are interesting interviews with Moeller here on his book “The Philosophy of the Daodejing” and here on his book “The Moral Fool: A Case for Amorality“.

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

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