By Hans-Georg Moeller,Paul J. D'Ambrosio

Genuine Pretending is an leading edge and finished new analyzing of the Zhuangzi that highlights the serious and healing features of satire and humor. Hans-Georg Moeller and Paul J. D’Ambrosio convey how this Daoist vintage, opposite to modern philosophical readings, distances itself from the pursuit of authenticity and subverts the dominant Confucianism of its time via satirical allegories and ironical reflections.

With humor and parody, the Zhuangzi exposes the Confucian call for to decide to socially built norms as pretense and hypocrisy. The Confucian pursuit of sincerity establishes exemplary types that one is meant to emulate. against this, the Zhuangzi parodies such honored representations of knowledge and deconstructs the very concept of sagehood. as a substitute, it urges a playful, skillful, and unattached engagement with socially mandated tasks and tasks. The Zhuangzi expounds the Daoist paintings of what Moeller and D’Ambrosio name “genuine pretending”: the paradoxical ability of not just surviving yet thriving by way of enacting social roles with out being tricked into filing to them or permitting them to outline one’s identification. A provocative rereading of a chinese language philosophical vintage, Genuine Pretending also indicates the price of a Daoist outlook this day as a manner of looking existential sanity in an age of mass media’s paradoxical quest for originality.

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