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The Tao of Lucretius

The following is part of my book review of Thomas Nail’s Ontology of Motion. The author also claims that space is the by-product of quantum fields, but doesn’t link the idea to Lucretius. In page 90, he says “bodies and void are … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth: the Epicureans and the Original Jedi

Happy 20th to Epicureans everywhere! This month, I published a series of Reasonings on Michel Onfray’s Hedonist Manifesto–Please make sure to read, share, and comment!–and comedian Andy Zaltzman hosted the podcast “My Life as an Epicurean“, where he spent a … Continue reading

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Tenth Taoist Contemplation: Laissez Faire

Laissez Faire is a French term that translates as “allow doing“, or “let it be“. The Taoists have frequently been labeled libertarian. Their attitudes towards government are consistent with everything else about them: by not engaging in forceful action, and … Continue reading

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Ninth Taoist Contemplation: Control of Desires

 Nothing is enough to someone for whom what is enough is little. The thankless nature of the soul makes the creature endlessly greedy for variations in its lifestyle. Vatican Sayings 68-69 Goods that are difficult to acquire make one cause damage. – … Continue reading

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Eighth Taoist Contemplation: The Landscape of the Soul

One of the beauties of Taoist naturalism is that we encounter the meaning-endowing sacred within nature, which is of course rich in imagery. Lao-Tse fashions a meaning-endowing landscape of the soul and uses it to articulate his philosophical insights. In … Continue reading

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Seventh Taoist Contemplation: Nature as Echo in a Cave

It appears, when we read Lao-Tse’s description of the nature of things, that in his naturalist doctrine the vacuous nature of Tao is such that, in life, we get what we put in. This feedback loop is almost described in … Continue reading

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Sixth Taoist Contemplation: Lao-Tse as Life Coach

Efficient people do one thing at a time. They work on one project, bring it to completion, then move on to the next task. In On Why Materialism Matters, I made the case that in nature we observe what I call … Continue reading

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Fifth Taoist Contemplation: Military Advice

A good commander achieves result, then stops And does not dare to reach for domination Achieves result but does not brag Achieves result but does not flaunt Achieves result but is not arrogant Achieves result but only out of necessity … Continue reading

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Fourth Taoist Contemplation: The Tao of Atheology 

The Tao is empty When utilized, it is not filled up So deep! It seems to be the source of all things Empty, and yet never exhausted It moves, and produces more Tao Te Ching, Chapters 4-5 Tao can’t be … Continue reading

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Second Taoist Contemplation: Wu-Wei (No Action) Principle

Taoism teaches that not-meddling assists the nature of all things: by letting them run their course, we find the best results. This lets them be, helps them function as they should. This seems to suggest a case against some forms … Continue reading

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