The Daoist Good Life

This summer I finally completed the revised version of the companion paper to my 2011 article “Emotion and Agency in Zhuangzi.” The new paper is entitled “Wandering the Way: A Eudaimonistic Approach to the Zhuangzi.”

The more recently completed paper was actually written first and is cited in the 2011 article and a few other places. An earlier version was presented at a conference in 2009, but because plans for an anthology based on the conference fell through, there was a long delay before I finally submitted the paper to a journal. It is now forthcoming in Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy.

The new paper uses textual materials from the Zhuangzi to construct a “eudaimonistic” Zhuangist ethical ideal. By “eudaimonistic” here, I refer to a conception of the good or ideal life that is grounded in a view of human flourishing or healthy functioning. I suggest that Zhuangist eudaimonism is distinct from virtue ethics, in that the conception of human flourishing involved does not center around virtues, as they are usually understood.