Abstract: This essay examines two stories in Zhuangzi chapter 6 that provide detailsabout the formal, substantive, and applied features of friendship between dao adepts. Using a template of seven characteristics, dao adept friendship is thencompared with ren adept friendship, described in the Analects and the Mencius . It is argued that dao living contains features of friendship that arecomparably robust. As unconventional as dao adept living may be, friendshipis not lacking but integral to such a life.
Philosophy East and West – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jul 16, 2008