Effortless Action: Wu-wei as Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China by Edward Slingerland (Hardback, 2003)

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This book presents a systematic account of the role of the personal spiritual ideal of wu-wei--literally "no doing," but better rendered as "effortless action"--in early Chinese thought. This concept of effortlessness, he contends, serves as a common ideal for both Daoist and Confucian thinkers.
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