Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 51, 2008

Taoist Philosophy

Wing-cheuk Chan
Pages 3-9

Daoism and the Later Merleau-Ponty on Body

Laozi says, “The reason why I have great trouble is that I have a body.” Zhuangzi also asks us to forget the body. These seem to suggest that Daoism holds a negative view on the body. However, I will argue for a positive understanding of the Daoist doctrine of the body. In The Visible and the Invisible, the later Merleau‐Ponty aims to introduce an ontology of the flesh. With the help of his concept of the flesh of the world, one can clarify and justify the positive relation between the Dao and the body from a phenomenological standpoint.