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China's Green ReligionDaoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future$
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James Miller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175869

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175869.001.0001

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The Locative Imagination

The Locative Imagination

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China's Green Religion

James Miller

Columbia University Press

Schools of Daoist practice have traditionally been formed around specific mountain sites in China partly because Daoists value the experience of particular configurations of qi flowing through the unique topography of each location. This suggests that nature should not be understood as a generic, universal resource that is more or less the same everywhere. Rather Daoists have valued nature in particular ways in particular places for particular reasons. A problem in environmental ethics is whether to consider the “environment” as a cosmological universal, or as the sum of specific, local issues and practical problems. Daoism emphasizes the local, but as the way to approach the universal.

Keywords:   Locative Imagination, Space, Place, Modernity, Transformation, Environmental Ethics

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