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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:Encyclopedia of Bioethics
Article/Chapter Title:Taoism
Author(s):Kirkland, Russell
Religion(s):Taoism
Edition:2d ed.
Publisher Name:Macmillan
Place of Publication:New York, N.Y.
Date of Publication:1995
Edition:2d ed.
Annotation:Kirkland begins with a brief but thorough overview of the history of Taoism including its classical themes, alchemical traditions, and religious/liturgical aspects. Arguing that the term “Taoist ethics” is an inaccurate term within the Taoist context, Kirkland concedes that it may have been used in an effort to describe Taoism’s unique orientation toward moral and spiritual cultivation and notions of “fostering life.” He addresses Taoist ideals of balance and harmony, attitudes toward sexuality and death, and personal responsibility in the universal healing and restoration of health and wholeness to the individual, society, nature, and cosmos.
   
 
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