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Plato & Lao-tzu
Describes views of Western & Eastern thinkers on nature of reality, dualism, yin-yang and idealism.
# 13332 | 1,350 words | 2 sources | 1999 | US
Published on Jul 08, 2003 in Philosophy (Eastern) , Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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" Human beings have from the beginning tried to discover the relationship between themselves and the universe in which they live. They noted the life cycle of birth, life, and death and wondered if there was something more beyond, and this a question that has been addressed by religion and philosophy ever since. Taoism as represented by the writings of Lao-Tzu and Idealism as represented by Plato differ in certain key aspects of how the world is viewed, how human beings are thought to relate to that world, and so the philosophy developed by each writer. Lao-Tzu is a pantheistic thinker and views the human being as one with the universe. Plato, like most Western philosophers, sees a dualism between man and nature and within man himself, separating mind and body. Plato is even more of a dualist in that he sees this world as a reflection of an ideal world existing on some.."

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