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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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From Sustainability to Flourishing

From Sustainability to Flourishing

(p.147) 8 From Sustainability to Flourishing
China's Green Religion

James Miller

Columbia University Press

An ecological civilization is one in which the social, cultural, and political order is rooted in the capacity of nature to promote the flourishing of the human species. The Daoist tradition offers four insights that can help promote this: (1) an aesthetics of flourishing founded on the practical experience of the world in the body; (2) an ethic of flourishing founded on the mutual porosity and vulnerability of the world and the body; (3) a politics of flourishing founded on a democracy of local contexts; (4) a spirituality of flourishing founded on religious themes of consumption, violence, death, and transcendence. Altogether this produces a vision of flourishing based on overcoming the modern dichotomies of self and world, matter and spirit, nature and culture.

Keywords:   Ecomodernism, Ecological Civilization, Aesthetics, Ethics, Politics, Spirituality

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