Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Spirit, Qi, and the MultitudeA Comparative Theology for the Democracy of Creation$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Hyo-Dong Lee

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255016

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255016.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use (for details see www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 18 April 2019

The Psychophysical Energy of the Way in Daoist Thought

The Psychophysical Energy of the Way in Daoist Thought

(p.42) 1 The Psychophysical Energy of the Way in Daoist Thought
Spirit, Qi, and the Multitude

Hyo-Dong Lee

Fordham University Press

This chapter traces the development of the idea of qi in Daoist thought. As a metaphor referring to the constantly changing creative processes of the universe that constitute whatever exists, both mind and body, ideal and material, living and nonliving, qi resists any overtures toward an excessively dualistic construal of transcendence. In Daoist thought, however, the foundational text of the Laozi (Daodejing) and its dominant commentarial traditions place qi midway between the Way (dao) as the metaphysical ultimate and the concrete things of the world. In other words, Daoist thought envisions qi as a kind of primal matter-energy whose cosmic creativity is seen as derived from and dependent on the Way, even as the Way is presented in the tradition “apophatically” and “an-archically” as chaos-like Nothing (wu). In Daoist thought, then, what looms large is a totalizing metaphysics of one empty Nothingness.

Keywords:   laozi, daodejing, Way, dao, Daoism, qi, psychophysical energy, chaos, nothing

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .