The Motherboard of Myriad Things

Daoism, Zhuangzi, and the Internet

Authors

  • Billy WHEELER VinUniversity, Hanoi, Vietnam

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/as.2022.10.1.425-446

Keywords:

Daoism, Zhuangzi, Laozi, technology, wuwei, xinzhai

Abstract

Machines, instruments and tools offer many benefits, but according to the classical Daoists—Laozi and Zhuangzi—they can also interfere with living a life in harmony with nature. Despite this, the Zhuangzi offers numerous stories of individuals who use technologies whilst exemplifying the virtues of a sage, although how this is achieved is not well understood. I examine two recent interpretations and argue that they are problematic on both philosophical and interpretative grounds. In their place I offer a new solution based on comparing Zhuangzi with recent studies of the effects of the internet on the way we think.

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Published

19. 01. 2022

How to Cite

Wheeler, Billy. 2022. “The Motherboard of Myriad Things: Daoism, Zhuangzi, and the Internet”. Asian Studies 10 (1): 425-46. https://doi.org/10.4312/as.2022.10.1.425-446.

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