Journals Higher Education



Published: 29 October 2021

280 Pages

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780197505915

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The Dao of Madness

Mental Illness and Self-Cultivation in Early Chinese Philosophy and Medicine

Alexus McLeod

  • Offers the first account in English of “madness” (kuang) in early Chinese texts, and its relevance in the philosophical tradition--an important issue that has been largely overlooked
  • Explains why understanding of the medical tradition in early China is critical to understanding early Chinese philosophy, as well as how philosophy is intrinsic to medical texts
  • Illuminates key features of the concepts of agency and personhood in Confucianism, Daoism, and Han Syncretism

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