A revised version of this essay was published as "Xunzi Versus Zhuangzi: Two Approaches to Death in Classical Chinese Thought," Frontiers of Philosophy in China 8.3 (2013), 410–427.
An updated preprint of the paper (May 2013) is available here.
This paper originated as a talk given at a research workshop entitled "Death: Philosophy, Therapy, Medicine on April 23, 2010. The workshop was sponsored by the "Philosophy, Therapy, and Medicine" research cluster of HKU's Centre for the Humanities and Medicine. The workshop was organized by my colleague Barbara Dalle Pezze.
Keywords: Daoism, death, Confucianism, Zhuangzi, Xunzi