Articles and Chapters
- D. Wong, Complexity and Simplicity in Ancient Greek and Chinese Thought,
in How should we live? Comparing Ethics in Ancient China and Greco-Roman Antquity, ed. Dennis Schilling & Richard King
pp. 259-277, DeGruyter.
(last updated on 2011/08/26)
This paper was read at a conference on ethics in ancient China and Greek and Roman antiquity held at the University of Munich. Aristotle, the Analects, the Daodejing, and the Zhuangzi are discussed in relation to the values of complexity and simplicity. It might be thought that Aristotle values complexity and not simplicity, while the Daoist texts value simplicity and not complexity, but the texts reveal something far more complex.