Daoism for the Action-Oriented

‘Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dao: Ancient Chinese Thought in Modern American Life’ (Blackwell Public Philosophy Series, 2013).

What Would Confucius Do? What for that matter would Laozi not do? This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy ask these and other questions of Sam Crane, Professor of Contemporary Chinese Politics at Williams College and author of the new book Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dao. And given that this show explores uniquely Chinese ideas of how to live a life through right action, and how ancient Chinese philosophy might be applied to contemporary American ethical challenges, we are also delighted to be joined by Jeremiah “Honorable Mencian” Jenne, scholar of Qing history, popular China blogger, and now Director of the IES immersion program.