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Jim Behuniak
Colby College
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Certain discussions about “relativism” in the philosophy of Zhuangzi turn on the question of the morality of his dao 道. Some commentators, most notably Robert Eno, maintain that there is no ethical value whatsoever to Zhuangzi’s dao as presented in the Cook Ding episode and other “knack passages.” In this essay, it is argued that there is indeed a moral dimension to Cook Ding’s dao. One way to recognize it is to explore the similarity between that dao and John Dewey’s notion of educational method. There are moral traits that Dewey can appeal to in recommending his method. It is argued here that these traits represent the moral features of Cook Ding’s dao as well.
Keywords Dewey  Daoism  Dao  Cook Ding
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DOI 10.1007/s11712-010-9159-0
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Mozi: Basic Writings.Burton Watson - 2003 - Columbia University Press.
Mencius on Becoming Human.James Behuniak - 2002 - Dissertation, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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